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Novelist Joseph Heller.

Novelist Joseph Heller, author of Catch 22, Something Happened and No Laughing Matter, his 1985 account of being stricken with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a neurological disease in which the peripheral nervous system is attacked. Within two weeks of the first symptoms, Heller could hardly breathe or swallow. It took him two years to relearn his basic motor functions. Heller's best known work is still his first, Catch 22, a satire of the military bureaucracy and the madness of war.

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Other segments from the episode on January 29, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 29, 1988: Interview with Joseph Heller; Interview with Winnie Winston; Interview with Jane Rule; Review of the television program "Aventures de Tintin."

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