Joseph Heller

1 Catch-22

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>Fifty years after its original publication, </b><i>Catch-22 </i>remains a cornerstone of American lit-erature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—novels of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by <i>Time, Newsweek, </i>the Modern Library, and the London <i>Observer</i>. Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved. Since its publication in 1961, no novel has matched <i>Catch-22</i>’s intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley; personal essays on the genesis of the novel by the author; a wealth of critical responses and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos from Joseph Heller’s personal archive; and a selection of advertisements from the original publishing campaign that helped turn <i>Catch-22 </i>into a cultural phenomenon. Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.

2 SOMETHING HAPPENED

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1974-09-12
Description :  Bob Slocum was living the American dream. He had a beautiful wife, three lovely children, a nice house...and all the mistresses he desired. He had it all -- all, that is, but happiness. Slocum was discontent. Inevitably, inexorably, his discontent deteriorated into desolation until...something happened.<br /><i><br />Something Happened</i>&#xa0;is Joseph Heller's wonderfully inventive and controversial second novel satirizing business life and American culture. The story is told as if the reader was overhearing the patter of Bob Slocum's brain -- recording what is going on at the office, as well as his fantasies and memories that complete the story of his life. The result is a novel as original and memorable as his&#xa0;<i>Catch-22.</i>

3 Closing Time

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  <b>A darkly comic and ambitious sequel to the American classic <i>Catch-22.</i></b><br /><br />In <i>Closing Time,</i> Joseph Heller returns to the characters of <i>Catch-22,</i> now coming to the end of their lives and the century, as is the entire generation that fought in World War II: Yossarian and Milo Minderbinder, the chaplain, and such newcomers as little Sammy Singer and giant Lew, all linked, in an uneasy peace and old age, fighting not the Germans this time, but The End. <i>Closing Time</i> deftly satirizes the realities and the myths of America in the half century since WWII: the absurdity of our politics, the decline of our society and our great cities, the greed and hypocrisy of our business and culture -- with the same ferocious humor as <i>Catch-22.</i><br /><br /><i>Closing Time</i> is outrageously funny and totally serious, and as brilliant and successful as <i>Catch-22</i> itself, a fun-house mirror that captures, at once grotesquely and accurately, the truth about ourselves.

4 Catch 22

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2012-04-05
Description :  Origineel, bitter, vulgair, geestig, spitsvondig en ontroerend. Fraaie jubileumeditie van het ultieme boek over de waanzin van de oorlog In november 1961, nu bijna vijftig jaar geleden, verscheen een recensie in de Herald Tribune over `een woeste, ontroerende, schokkende, dolkomische, razende, opbeurende, reuzenroetsjbaan van een boek. The Times voorspelde even later dat mensen die het konden verteren het niet licht zouden vergeten: `Een verbluffende prestatie, die vrijwel evenveel lezers zal schokken als verrukken. De rest is geschiedenis: Joseph Heller (1923-1999), die tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog diende bij de Amerikaanse luchtmacht, schreef met Catch-22 een van de belangrijkste en indrukwekkendste oorlogsromans die uitgroeide tot een klassieker. De zwarte humor, de absurde logica en onvergetelijke personages als Yossarian, de bommenrichter die denkt dat de vijand erop uit is hem te vermoorden, en de gewiekste messofficier Milo Minderbinder, maken Catch-22 tot een onvergetelijk boek.

5 Catch As Catch Can

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2004-04-01
Description :  A collection of short stories and other miscellaneous writings by Joseph Heller, one of America’s most influential and idiosyncratic writers.<br /><br />Years before the publication of <i>Catch-22</i>—which was called “a monumental artifact of contemporary literature” by <i>The New York Times</i>, “an apocalyptic masterpiece” by the <i>Chicago Sun-Times</i>, and “one of the most bitterly funny works in the language” by <i>The New Republic</i>—Joseph Heller began sharpening his skills as a writer, searching for the voice that would best express his own peculiarly wry view of the world.<br /><br />In <i>Catch As Catch Can</i>, editors Matthew J. Bruccoli and Park Bucker have for the first time collected the short stories Heller published prior to that first novel, along with all the other short pieces of fiction and nonfiction that were published during his lifetime. Also included are five previously unpublished short stories, most reflecting the influence on Heller of urban naturalist writers such as Irwin Shaw and Nelson Algren.<br /><br />The result is an important and significant addition to our understanding and appreciation of Joseph Heller, showing his evolution as a writer and artist. For those unfamiliar with his work, it will serve as an excellent introduction; for everyone else, <i>Catch As Catch Can</i> is a chance to explore a new aspect of Heller's remarkable career.

6 No Laughing Matter

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2004-12-15
Description :  An uproarious and frank memoir of illness and recovery, <i>No Laughing Matter </i>is a story of friendship and recuperation from the author of the classic <i>Catch-22</i>.<br /><br />It all began one typical day in the life of Joe Heller. He was jogging four miles at a clip these days, working on his novel <i>God Knows</i>, coping with the complications of an unpleasant divorce, and pigging out once or twice a week on Chinese food with cronies like Mel Brooks, Mario Puzo, and his buddy of more than twenty years, Speed Vogel. He was feeling perfectly fine that day—but within twenty-four hours he would be in intensive care at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital. He would remain hospitalized for nearly six months and leave in a wheelchair.<br /><br /> Joseph Heller had Guillain-Barré syndrome, a debilitating, sometimes fatal condition that can leave its victims paralyzed from head to toe. The clan gathered immediately. Speed—sometime artist, sometime businessman, sometime herring taster, and now a coauthor—moved into Joe's apartment as messenger, servant, and shaman. Mel Brooks, arch-hypochondriac of the Western world, knew as much about Heller's condition as the doctors. Mario Puzo, author of the preeminent gangster novel of our time, proved to be the most reluctant man ever to be dragged along on a hospital visit. These and lots of others rallied around the sickbed in a show of loyalty and friendship that not only built a wild and spirited camaraderie but helped bring Joe Heller, writer and buddy extraordinaire, through his greatest crisis.<br /><br /> This book is an inspiring, hilarious memoir of a calamitous illness and the rocky road to recuperation—as only the author of <i>Catch-22 </i>and the friend who helped him back to health could tell it. <i>No Laughing Matter</i> is as wacky, terrifying, and greathearted as any fiction Joseph Heller ever wrote.

7 Now and Then

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  1998-01-27
Description :  The demented Army Air Force of <b>Catch-22</b>, the lethal business world of <b>Something Happened</b>, the dysfunctional family of <b>Good as Gold</b>-all these, we have assumed, had their roots in Joseph Heller's own past. Now, more than thirty-five years after the explosion of <b>Catch-22</b> into the world's consciousness, Heller gives us his life. <br /><br />Here is his Coney Island childhood, down the block from the world's most famous amusement park. It was the height of the Depression, it was a fatherless family, yet little Joey Heller had a terrific time--on the boardwalk, in the ocean (dangerously out of his depth), playing follow-the-leader in and out of local bars, even in school. Then a series of jobs, from delivering telegrams (on his first bike) to working in a navy yard-until Pearl Harbor, the air force, Italy. And after the war, college (undreamed-of before the G.I. Bill), teaching, Madison Avenue, marriage, and-always-writing. And finally the spectacular success of <b>Catch-22</b>, launching one of the great literary careers.<br /><br />The strengths of <b>Now and Then</b> lie in the energy, humor, and mischief that have characterized all of Heller's work, along with the dark undertones that lie beneath them. He brings back a Coney Island that is not only a symbol of fun and fantasy around the world but a vision of what seems today to have been a golden age of carefree innocence. For the first time, he writes about the people and the events, both tragic and hilarious, he was eventually to translate, in <b>Catch-22</b>, into such memorable characters as Hungry Joe, Orr, Major--de Coverley, Natel's whore, and (of course) Yossarian, and such moving and frightening scenes as the death of Snowden. <b>Now and Then</b> is both an account of a remarkable life and a glimpse into the creative process of a major American writer.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

8 Catch 22

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Romance  Books 
Price :  $18.99
Release Date :  2011-06-22
Description :  Passado em Itália durante a II Guerra Mundial, conta a história de um comandante de bombardeiros, um herói incomparável e matreiro, que está furioso porque milhares de pessoas que não conhece de lado nenhum querem matá-lo. Mas o seu verdadeiro problema não é o inimigo - é o seu próprio exército, que está sempre a aumentar o número de missões de voo que os homens têm de cumprir para completarem a sua comissão de serviço. Porém, se tenta arranjar uma desculpa para ser dispensado das perigosas missões que lhe são atribuídas, viola a Catch-22, o Ar...

9 Catch 22

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2004-06-02
Description :  Catch 22, l'Article 22, est un « attrape-nigaud » qui permet à un colonel américain d'imposer un nombre de missions sans cesse croissant à son escadrille de bombardement basée dans une petite île de la Méditerranée pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale... Yossaran, héros tragi-comique de cette épopée burlesque, est décidé à tout tenter pour sauver sa peau : il estime que sa seule mission, quand il s'envole, consiste à atterrir vivant. Simuler la folie dans cet univers délirant lui paraît le meilleur moyen de tirer au flanc. Hélas, l'Article 22 stipule : « Quiconque veut se dispenser d'aller au feu n'est pas réellement fou. » Cette première oeuvre de Joseph Heller compte parmi les meilleurs romans américains de l'après-guerre. Joseph Heller, mort en 1999 à l'âge de 76 ans, a publié Catch 22 en 1961. Le livre a été un triomphe immédiat, en particulier auprès de la jeunesse des campus américains qui y a reconnu une charge contre la guerre du Vietnam. Au cinéma, il y a eu M.A.S.H., dans le roman, Catch 22.

10 Almost Like Christmas

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Short Stories 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2016-12-06
Description :  <b>A masterful short story from the acclaimed author of <i>Catch-22,</i> about one long night of anticipation.</b><br />In a small town in the American South, it is night in the middle of the twentieth century. Carter, a high-school teacher and football coach in the newly desegregated schools, is awaiting news of two of his students who have been in a serious altercation. Outside the building where Carter has kept his vigil, a crowd of townspeople have also gathered to keep watch. Carter must choose how much he wants to participate in the spectacle, and how much he can afford to keep his distance. <br />"Almost Like Christmas" by Joseph Heller is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books's Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the <i>Strand Magazine</i> archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and listen to them all!

11 Hlava XXII

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Humor  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-12-08
Description :  „Hlava XXII. Ta mi zamotala hlavu.“ Ve své nejslavnější knize Joseph Heller na základě vlastních zkušeností s armádou píše o světě, v němž je vše postavené na hlavu; a protože absurdita je věčná, zamotal tento skvělý protiválečný román hlavu už několika generacím čtenářů. Odehrává se za druhé světové války a v sérii absurdních epizod vyprávěných z hlediska několika různých postav satiricky napadá krutost a nesmyslnost válečné mašinerie. Hlavní postavou je poručík letectva Yossarian, který je svou bombardovací letkou ze základny na ostrově Pianosa ve Středozemním moři nucen útočit na různá italská města, a stejně jako jeho druhové ve zbrani se snaží udržet si uprostřed válečného šílenství a navzdory absurdním příkazům svých nadřízených zdravý rozum a dostat se domů. Hlava XXII vyšla česky poprvé pouhé tři roky po anglickém vydání v nestárnoucím překladu Miroslava Jindry, a od počátku se i u nás setkala s vřelým přijetím. Možná i proto, že souzní s místní tradicí švejkování.

12 Paragraf 22

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-09-19
Description :  Jedna z najwybitniejszych powieści XX wieku, oraz najsłynniejsza powieść na temat II wojny światowej. Powieść pełna czarnego humoru, ukazuje bezsens wojny i armii jako instytucji, wyśmiewa mechaniczny społeczne rządzące się logiką absurdu. Jej bohaterowie to zbiorowisko wariatów, fanatyków, oportunistów, ale nade wszystko ludzi którzy mają jeden wspólny cel - za wszelką cenę przeżyć...

13 British Policy Towards the Ottoman Empire 1908-1914

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Middle East  Books  History  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $52.99
Release Date :  2012-11-12
Description :  Published in 2005, &#34;British Policy Towards the Ottoman Empire 1908-1914&#34; is a valuable contribution to the field of History.

14 The Stern Gang

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  History  Books  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $49.99
Release Date :  2012-12-06
Description :  This study of &#34;The Stern Gang&#34; attempts to demythologize the image of this extremist, Zionist underground group. The book analyzes the party&#39;s split from the Irgun Zvai Leumi (National Military Organization) and its attempts to synthesize the politics and ideals of the right and left.

15 Ostatni rozdział, czyli paragraf 22 bis

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary Criticism 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2014-09-19
Description :  Kontynuacja "Paragrafu 22" obfitująca w wiele przezabawnych wydarzeń, pełna skrzących się dowcipem dialogów i czarnego, absurdalnego humoru. Na łamach książki ponownie spotykamy Yossariana, Mila Minderbindera oraz nowe, równie oryginalne postacie, takie jak onkolog, kóry przyjmuje pacjentów chorych na raka na oddziale psychiatrycznym, gdzie sam przechodzi intensywną kurację, czy prezydent USA który uwielbia gry komputerowe i cieszy się, gdy rozmówcy tytułują go "kutasem".<br /> Akcja powieści toczy się w Nowym Jorku opanowanym przez narkomanów, żebraków i prostytutki. Yossarian znów trafia do szpitala, gdzie symuluje chorobę i podrywa pielęgniarki. Przed szpitalem czatują na niego detektywi. Może wynajęła icj jego trzecia żona, a może jego szef Milo Minderbinder, właściciel jednego z największych koncernów w Ameryce? A może to nie detektywi, lecz agenci zamieszani w porwanie kapelana Tappmana? Tymczasem Milo próbuje sprzedać generałom z Pentagonu bombowiec nowej generacji, odznaczający się tym, że w ogóle go nie widać. Nikt jednak nie wie na pewno, czy maszyna naprawdę istnieje...

16 Sea Snails

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Life Sciences  Books  Science & Nature 
Price :  $119.99
Release Date :  2015-06-16
Description :  This richly illustrated book presents the diversity and natural history of sea snail groups. By integrating aspects of morphology, ecology, evolution and behaviour, it describes how each group copes with problems of defence, locomotion, nutrition, reproduction and embryonic development. First come general characteristics of the Mollusca, to which snails belong; and next, characteristics by which snails (Gastropoda) differ from other molluscs. Then a broad, panoramic view of all major sea snail groups, from the primitive to the more advanced, is presented, including both the more abundant and some remote ones of special interest. In detailing primitive sea snails, first limpets (Patellogastropoda) are described, followed by brush snails (Vetigastropoda: top-shells, turbans and allies) and nerites (Neritimorpha), a small group with remarkably high variation in shell colour and in habitats. In looking at advanced-snails (Caenogastropoda), it details the herbivorous grazers and filter-feeders and the many voracious predators, some which use venomous darts. The book also covers sea slugs (Opisthobranchia), which have shifted from mechanical to chemical defence; some are herbivores, some use their food to harness solar energy, others are predators that gain stinging cells and poisonous compounds from their food. In addition, readers will learn about aspects of sea snails in human culture, including use as sacred artefacts and objects of magic and money, as a source of the royal and sacred dyes of purple and blue and as holy ceremonial trumpets. The text, in which scientific terms are accompanied by parallel common ones, is accompanied by over 200 illustrations (mostly in colour). This comprehensive, insightful portrait of sea snails will appeal to marine biologists, zoology lecturers and students, biology teachers, field-school instructors, nature reserve wardens, amateur naturalists, as well as to lecturers and learners of human culture.

17 Zavíráme!

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-09-22
Description :  V románu Zavíráme! z roku 1994 se Joseph Heller po třiatřiceti letech vrátil k postavám z Hlavy XXII. Jejich životy se chýlí ke konci stejně jako celé 20. století a za generací, která bojovala ve druhé světové válce, pomalu padá černá opona. Yossariana, Mila Minderbindera, kaplana, Sammyho či Lewa spojují minulé zážitky, ale i jen těžko hledaný klid a pokročilý věk; teď už se nepotýkají s Němci, ale s vyhlídkou nevyhnutelného konce. Román Zavíráme! v satirické nadsázce zobrazuje skutečnou Ameriku půl století po druhé světové válce, i otřepané mýty, v nichž se vzhlíží. Absurditu tehdejší politiky, úpadek společnosti a velkoměst, chamtivost a pokrytectví, jež korumpují podnikání i kulturu, zachycuje Heller se stejně sžíravým vtipem, jaký čtenáři znají z Hlavy XXII. Zavíráme! je divoce humorná a zároveň hluboce závažná kniha. Jako v zrcadlovém bludišti se v ní v groteskní deformaci, ale zároveň prapodivně přesně ukazuje pravda o nás samých.

18 Comma 22

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2016-03-31
Description :  <b>L’espressione “Comma 22”, è diventata, grazie a questo libro, emblema dell’assurdità e della demenza militare.</b> <br /><br />Protagonista è l’antieroico bombardiere americano Yossarian, ossessionato dall’idea che migliaia di persone sconosciute, alle quali lui personalmente non ha fatto nulla, tentino continuamente di porre fine ai suoi giorni. La storia è popolata di personaggi stravaganti e irreparabilmente maniaci, che nella zelante applicazione della disciplina marziale mettono in ridicolo la ferrea e folle logica del Comma 22. <br /><br />Pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1963, questo romanzo è stato universalmente riconosciuto come il capolavoro della letteratura antimilitarista di tutti i tempi, per la rappresentazione grottesca della retorica militare della morte. Molti dei pacifisti che manifestavano davanti alla Casa Bianca ai tempi del Vietnam portavano appunto una spilla con lo slogan “Yossarian vive”.

19 The United States, the Soviet Union and the Arab-Israeli conflict, 1948-67

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Middle East  Books  History  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $114.99
Release Date :  2016-11-01
Description :  The Arab-Israeli conflict cannot be properly understood without considering the larger context of the Cold War. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of Israel&#39;s relationships with the United States and the Soviet Union from 1948 to 1967, showing how the fledgling state had to manoeuvre between the two superpowers in order to survive. Collating information from hundreds of sources, many of them unavailable to the general public, it will be of great interest to students and scholars in international relations and political history, but also to the general reader, providing as it does a wide perspective of both Israel and the Arab countries and their interaction with the superpowers.

20 Gold za všechny peníze

Author : Joseph Heller
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2017-04-25
Description :  Bruce Gold, židovský profesor anglické literatury na univerzitě, dostane nečekanou nabídku: může se stát vysokým politikem v americké vládě. A právě to je příležitost, na kterou Gold celou dobu čeká, protože konečně může něco udělat se svým životem, v němž mu jen máloco vychází tak, jak by si přál: Jeho děti jej nerespektují, jeho otec, manipulátor s diktátorskými sklony, ho v jednom kuse zesměšňuje a jeho žena si ani nevšimne, že od ní Bruce odchází.



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