《第二十二条军规》(Catch-22 )是美国黑色幽默派及荒诞派代表作家约瑟夫·海勒(Joseph Heller )的经典代表作。这部小说以其丰富的艺术内容，严肃的主题思想和荒诞不经的描写手法赢得了人们的赞扬，成为60年代初美国文坛上一个重大突破。而这部小说的英文名Catch-22也被纳入到英语词典中，代表了统治者对于民众的愚弄。
Hungry Joe was too firmly embedded in calamities of his own to care how Doc Daneeka felt. There were the noises, for instance. Small ones enraged him and he hollered himself hoarse at Aarfy for the wet, sucking sound she made puffing on his pipe, at Orr for tinkering, at Mc Watt for the explosive snap he gave each card he turned over when he dealt at blackjack or poker, at Dobbs for letting his teeth chatter as he went blundering clumsily about bumping into things. Hungry Joe was a throbbing, ragged mass of motile irritability. The steady ticking of a watch in a quiet room crashed like torture against his unshielded brain.
In a way the C.I.D. man was pretty lucky, because outside the hospital the war was still going on. Men went mad and were rewarded with medals. All over the world, boys on every side of the bomb line were laying down their lives for what they had been told was their country, and no one seemed to mind, least of all the boys who were laying down their young lives. There was no end in sight. The only end in sight was Yossarian’s own, and he might have remained in the hospital until doomsday had it not been for that patriotic Texan with his infundibuliform jowls and his lumpy, rumple headed, indestructible smile cracked forever across the front of his face like the brim of a black ten-gallon hat. The Texan wanted everybody in the ward to be happy but Yossarian and Dunbar. He was really very sick.
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