- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
- Format: Paperback | 313 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 173mm x 20mm | 181g
- Publication date: 1 April 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0553273817
- ISBN 13: 9780553273816
- Edition statement: New Bantam ed
- Sales rank: 6,877
In the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge has scoured the earth clean, a monk of the Order of Saint Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: holy relics from the life of the great saint himself, including the blessed blueprint, the sacred shopping list, and the hallowed shrine of the Fallout Shelter. In a terrifying age of darkness and decay, these artifacts could be the keys to mankind's salvation. But as the mystery at the core of this groundbreaking novel unfolds, it is the search itself--for meaning, for truth, for love--that offers hope for humanity's rebirth from the ashes.
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Walter M. Miller, Jr. grew up in the American South and enlisted in the Army Air Corps a month after Pearl Harbor. He spent most of World War II as a radio operator and tail gunner, participating in more than fifty-five combat sorties, among them the controversial destruction of the Benedictine abbey at Monte Cassino, the oldest monastery in the Western world. Fifteen years later he wrote A Canticle for Leibowitz. The sequel, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, followed after nearly forty years.
"Extraordinary ... chillingly effective.""-- Time" "Angry, eloquent ... a terrific story.""-- The New York Times" "An extraordinary novel ... Prodigiously imaginative, richly comic, terrifyingly grim, profound both intellectually and morally, and, above all ... simply such a memorable story as to stay with the reader for years.""-- Chicago Tribune" "An exciting and imaginative story ... Unconditionally recommended.""-- Library Journal" "From the Trade Paperback edition."
In celebration of the publication of the sequel "Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman comes this special edition of the classic "A Canticle for Leibowitz, a novel that transcends genre to stand as one of the most significant literary works of our time. In the Utah desert, Brother Francis of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: the relics of the martyr Isaac Leibowitz himself, including the blessed blueprint and the sacred shopping list. They may provide a bright ray of hope in a terrifying age of darkness, a time of ignorance and genetic monsters that are the unholy aftermath of the Flame Deluge. But as the spellbinding mystery at the core of this extraordinary novel unfolds, it is the search itself--for meaning, for truth, for love--that offers hope to a humanity teetering on the edge of an abyss. A timeless and still timely masterpiece, "A Canticle for Leibowitz is a classic that ranks with "Brave New World and "1984. "From the Trade Paperback edition.