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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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“Catch-22” by Joseph Heller is a darkly satirical and iconic masterpiece of 20th-century literature that offers a sharp and irreverent commentary on the absurdities of war and bureaucracy. Set during World War II, this novel introduces readers to the unforgettable character of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier.

The titular “Catch-22” is a bureaucratic paradox that becomes a central theme of the novel. It embodies the absurdity and futility of war as Yossarian and his fellow airmen grapple with the contradictory rules and regulations that govern their lives in the military. The novel’s narrative is a rollercoaster of dark humor, absurdity, and surrealism, making it a groundbreaking work of black comedy.

Heller’s writing is razor-sharp and biting, and he uses humor to shine a light on the inherent contradictions and moral dilemmas that arise in wartime. Through its memorable cast of characters and non-linear narrative, “Catch-22” explores the chaos, absurdity, and psychological toll of war with unparalleled wit and insight.

This novel has had a profound impact on literature and popular culture, and its themes remain relevant in a world filled with bureaucratic absurdities. “Catch-22” is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers, challenging them to confront the absurdities of the human condition and the institutions we create. It’s a must-read for anyone looking to delve into a satirical exploration of the human experience in the face of war’s madness.

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