Note 14

If Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ drew my attention to the mechanics of suspension of disbelief, at around the same time I was breaking Catch-22 down into its constituent parts – treating Heller’s novel as a pattern book for the production of satirical tropes, ploys and manoeuvres: comic exaggeration, deadpan surrealism, bureaucratic parody – it had them all, and in abundance. I barely noticed that it was an antiwar diatribe.

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