By Joseph Heller, A project of the Otto Falckenberg School, third-year stage directing class
Director: Swen Lasse Awe
“As long as I can remember there has always been a conspiracy going on to kill me. But they cannot do me any harm. I possess a healthy mind in a healthy body. I am Raskolnikov. I am Cain. Odysseus. Lot. I am the missing atom. I am crazy!” “Catch-22”, the novel by Joseph Heller, was published in 1961. It tells the story of a US Air Force captain who tries to withdraw from the menace of war by getting himself declared mentally unfit for service. The novel ranks among the greatest successes of American anti-war literature. In the 1970s Mike Nichols made the novel into a film. The title also stands for the paradox of conscientious objection by physician’s certification: Exemption from duty is only possible for those who suffer from a mental disorder and request the dismissal themselves. But the very request for dismissal is a sign of sanity which requires such persons to serve.