Illustrated by Neil Packer
Introduced by Malcolm Bradbury
Preface by Joseph Heller
Joseph Heller’s masterpiece of anti-war satire is given a fittingly glorious home in this Folio edition introduced by celebrated writer and critic Malcolm Bradbury.
Captain Yossarian is a rebel with a cause: to avoid flying the bombing missions over Italy and France that sooner or later will almost certainly result in his own death. His attempts to convince his superiors that he is insane and should be grounded are thwarted by the oblique piece of reasoning known as Catch-22. ‘If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to.’
One of the greatest anti-war novels ever written, Joseph Heller’s darkly comic masterpiece is now in its sixth Folio printing, the best-selling illustrated edition celebrating the massive literary significance of the book. In an introduction that is as critically insightful as the novel is compelling, the late academic and celebrated novelist Malcolm Bradbury discusses the global heartbreak caused by two world wars, while reflecting on their transformative effect on art and literature.
Bound in blocked cloth
Set in Plantin with stencil display
Frontispiece and 8 colour illustrations
10˝ x 6¼˝