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Джозеф Хеллер

Дата рождения: 1. Май 1923
Дата смерти: 12. Декабрь 1999

Джозеф Хеллер — американский прозаик-романист. Российскому читателю Хеллер известен в основном своим сатирическим антивоенным романом с элементами литературы абсурда «Уловка-22» . Хеллер является автором нескольких известных романов — «Что-то случилось» , «Чистое золото» , «Господу ведомо» , «Вообрази себе картину» , «Это не шутка» , «Портрет художника в старости» .


„Девушки, которым не исполнилось двадцать пять — покладисты и милы.
После двадцати пяти девушки ещё покладистей, но грустны, а это уже не так мило.“

„He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt.“ Catch-22


„Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.“ Catch-22

„Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.“

„There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. 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. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.

"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.“
Catch-22

„... [A]nything worth dying for... is certainly worth living for.“ Catch-22

„They're trying to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly.
No one's trying to kill you," Clevinger cried.
Then why are they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked.
They're shooting at everyone," Clevinger answered. "They're trying to kill everyone."
And what difference does that make?“
Catch 22

„The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.“ Catch-22


„He knew everything there was to know about literature, except how to enjoy it“ Catch-22

„Insanity is contagious.“ Catch-22

„[They] agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.“ Catch-22

„It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead.“ Catch-22


„What is a country? A country is a piece of land surrounded on all sides by boundaries, usually unnatural. Englishmen are dying for England, Americans are dying for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying for Russia. There are now fifty or sixty countries fighting in this war. Surely so many countries can't all be worth dying for.“ Catch-22

„It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.“ Catch 22

„What a lousy earth! He wondered how many people were destitute that same night even in his own prosperous country, how many homes were shanties, how many husbands were drunk and wives socked, and how many children were bullied, abused, or abandoned. How many families hungered for food they could not afford to buy? How many hearts were broken? How many suicides would take place that same night, how many people would go insane? How many cockroaches and landlords would triumph? How many winners were losers, successes failures, and rich men poor men? How many wise guys were stupid? How many happy endings were unhappy endings? How many honest men were liars, brave men cowards, loyal men traitors, how many sainted men were corrupt, how many people in positions of trust had sold their souls to bodyguards, how many had never had souls? How many straight-and-narrow paths were crooked paths? How many best families were worst families and how many good people were bad people? When you added them all up and then subtracted, you might be left with only the children, and perhaps with Albert Einstein and an old violinist or sculptor somewhere.“ Catch 22

„Why are they going to disappear him?'
I don't know.'
It doesn't make sense. It isn't even good grammar.“
Catch-22

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