Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2019

From Catch-22

From <i>Catch-22</i>

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Joseph Heller, Catch-22

“Clevinger recoiled from their hatred as though from a blinding light. These three men who hated him spoke his language and wore his uniform, but he saw their loveless faces set immutably into cramped, mean lines of hostility and understood instantly that nowhere in the world, not in all the fascist tanks or planes or submarines, not in the bunkers behind the machine guns or mortars or behind the blowing flame throwers, not even among all the expert gunners of the crack Hermann Goering Antiaircraft Division or among the grisly connivers in all the beer halls in Munich and everywhere else, were there men who hated him more.”

This hilariously devastating and seriously dangerous revelation Heller captures in prose of genius, a slow-motion realization that happens in a sixty-second minute.