Magazine publishes previously unreleased short story by Joseph Heller

"Almost Like Christmas," about a fight in an alleyway, comes out in The Strand Magazine

By Prachi Gupta
Published July 23, 2013 2:04PM (EDT)

The Strand Magazine will today publish a previously unreleased short story by "Catch-22" author Joseph Heller, "Almost Like Christmas."

Strand Magazine editor Andrew Gulli, who found the story in the Brandeis University library archives, told NPR via email that the story "has a lot of the dark and cynical view that Heller had of mankind but since it was an early piece it didn't have his trademark humor."

The story is a dark tale about "the primordial brutality of an alley fracas." It is available by subscription only.

Prachi Gupta

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