Frases de Joseph Heller

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Joseph Heller

Fecha de nacimiento: 1. Mayo 1923
Fecha de muerte: 12. Diciembre 1999

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Joseph Heller novelista estadounidense, estudió en la Universidad de Nueva York.

Estudió en las universidades de Nueva York, Columbia y Oxford y acabó enseñando inglés en la Universidad Estatal de Pensilvania.[1]​ Era un admirador de la obra de Louis-Ferdinand Céline y de James Patrick Donleavy.[2]​

Se hizo famoso con su primera novela Trampa-22 en 1961 donde realizó una crítica a la ética militar norteamericana coincidiendo con la Guerra de Vietnam. El héroe de esta novela es el aviador Yossarian, quien pretende alegar demencia para escapar del servicio militar, a lo que las autoridades le responden que no querer llevar a cabo misiones aéreas es signo de salud mental.[3]​ En 1970 se realizó una película basada en la novela.[4]​

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Frases Joseph Heller

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

—  Joseph Heller, book Catch-22
Catch-22 (1961), Context: Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three.

„In three days no one could stand him.“

—  Joseph Heller, book Catch-22
Catch-22 (1961), Context: The Texan turned out to be good-natured, generous and likeable. In three days no one could stand him.

„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.“

—  Joseph Heller, book Catch-22
Catch-22 (1961), Context: 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.

„The only wisdom I think I've attained is the wisdom to be skeptical of other people's ideology and other people's arguments. I tend to be a skeptic, I don't like dogmatic approaches by anybody.“

—  Joseph Heller
Context: The only wisdom I think I've attained is the wisdom to be skeptical of other people's ideology and other people's arguments. I tend to be a skeptic, I don't like dogmatic approaches by anybody. I don't like intolerance and a dogmatic person is intolerant of other people. It's one of the reasons I keep a distance from all religious beliefs. I think in this country and in Australia too there's a late intolerance in most religions, an intolerance, a part that could easily become persecutions. We have some ultra-orthodox Jewish sects here in New York and I fear them as much as I would fear a Nazi organisation. In an interview for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: "Joseph Heller - Closing Time" (1998) by Ramona Koval http://web.archive.org/web/20000306044602/http://www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/bwriting/heller.htm <!-- accessdate=2007-08-30 -->

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