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A Canticle for Leibowitz

Author: Walter M Miller, Jr.; Mary Doria Russell
Publisher: New York : Eos, 2006. ©1959
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Eos paperback editionView all editions and formats
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A Canticle for Leibowitz opens 600 years after 20th century civilization has been destroyed by a global nuclear war, known as the "Flame Deluge." As a result of the war, there was a violent backlash against the culture of advanced knowledge and technology that had led to the development of nuclear weapons. During this backlash, called the "Simplification," anyone of learning, and eventually anyone who could even  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Science fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter M Miller, Jr.; Mary Doria Russell
ISBN: 9780060892999 0060892994
OCLC Number: 68566320
Notes: "This book was originally published in 1959 by Lippincott and in trade paperback editions in 1961 and 1997 by Bantam, and in 1986 by Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers"--Title page verso.
Description: xiii, 334 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Fiat homo --
pt. 2. Fiat lux --
pt. 3. Fia voluntas tua.
Responsibility: Walter M. Miller, Jr. ; with a new introduction by Mary Doria Russell.

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A Canticle for Leibowitz opens 600 years after 20th century civilization has been destroyed by a global nuclear war, known as the "Flame Deluge." As a result of the war, there was a violent backlash against the culture of advanced knowledge and technology that had led to the development of nuclear weapons. During this backlash, called the "Simplification," anyone of learning, and eventually anyone who could even read, was likely to be killed by rampaging mobs, who proudly took on the name of "Simpletons". Illiteracy became almost universal, and books were destroyed en masse. Isaac Edward Leibowitz had been a Jewish electrical engineer working for the United States military. Surviving the war, he converted to Roman Catholicism and founded a monastic order, the "Albertian Order of Leibowitz", dedicated to preserving knowledge by hiding books, smuggling them to safety (booklegging), memorizing, and copying them. Centuries after his death, the abbey is still preserving the "Memorabilia", the collected writings that have survived the Flame Deluge and the Simplification, in the hope that they will help future generations reclaim forgotten science.

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