Catch-22 [Artigo 22] by Joseph Heller

By Joseph Heller

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 Artigo 22, uma norma burocrática hilariante mas ao mesmo pace sinistra: um homem é dado como doido se continuar a participar voluntariamente em perigosos voos de combate, mas se apresentar um pedido formal de dispensa é declarado mentalmente são e como tal é-lhe negada a dispensa. Com o recurso à sátira, ao humor negro, e aparentando uma lógica irrefutável, o livro argumenta que a guerra é uma loucura, que os militares são loucos e, muito provavelmente, que a vida moderna é também uma loucura.

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National ebook Award Finalist for Fiction (1962)

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In the NY hotel rm (they turn up again in Angst)—what good’s writing? ’’ Forgotten underlined three times, as if forgotten by three forgettings. To which add today the forgetting that followed upon these notes, interrupted for the time being by the finding of the ................. 16582$ $CH3 10-11-07 15:26:56 PS PAGE 35 post-it. Is this the fourth forgetting? How many forgettings does it take to forget, then to forget, then to forget about the forgetting? I remember the forgotten roses very well, backs straight him sprawled on the couch in room 91 them erect upright legs bunched together in the hotel vase saying we’ve been waiting for you red long-stemmed, showy, stout, vigorous roses, in the room I don’t see them as they are but for what they meant.

It was only many years later I noticed the Detail that gives us access to ‘‘The Metamorphosis’’ (‘‘Die Verwandlung’’) though it is perfectly obvious in the entryway where it vegetates and stinks, the eternal cadaver posted as a warning to the reader. But as it doesn’t call out or moan or squeak the avid visitor sweeps indifferently past the prophetic vignette and throws himself into the front room from which he doesn’t emerge alive. If only you’d read the warning Nothing wouldn’t have happened.

I wept. I should have taken out the lens. 27 the eye-patch ................. 16582$ $CH2 10-11-07 15:26:55 PS PAGE 27 * * * This whole story turns on an eye, now one of the eyes of one character, now one of the eyes of the other. This comment is totally extraneous to the story’s events. It belongs to the Tale. To the Tale, that is, version 2000. Before this date a thin sheet of soundproof glass slipped itself between the story’s events and the Tale. So long as I wore a contact lens (that is, one lens) I couldn’t tell.

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