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Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest and most celebrated novels of all time. In recent years it has been named to "best novels"; lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer. 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