Yossarian rides again

Michael Wood

  • Closing Time by Joseph Heller
    Simon and Schuster, 464 pp, £14.99, October 1994, ISBN 0 671 71907 6

‘Logic is doubtless unshakeable,’ Joseph K. thinks towards the end of The Trial, ‘but it cannot withstand a man who wants to go on living.’ He is wrong, of course, since he is killed within a page by the brutal logic of the novel he is in. But there is a logic that resists such logic, and one of its masters is Joseph H., author of Catch 22 and other objections to the absurdity of dying.

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