AUTHORMiller, Walter M.
TITLEA Canticle for Leibowitz
CITYNew York, NY

This 1959 best-selling novel creates a post-apocalyptic vision of North America several hundred years after the “great deluge”, a worldwide nuclear war. The setting is the Utah desert, where monks of the Order of St. Leibowitz the Engineer meet a mysterious wanderer at the book’s opening. The novel chronicles the monks’ preservation and worship of the ancient nuclear technology in fallout shelters, blueprints, and other relics. It explores the fundamental alterations that nuclear proliferation and war made to human civilization. The book reflects the fear of mutual annihilation of the 1950s, and can be read as an exotic alternative to Nevil Shute’s On the Beach.

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