Canticle for Leibowitz

ISBN-10: 0553379267

ISBN-13: 9780553379266

Edition: 1976 (Reprint)

Authors: Walter M. Miller

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In celebration of the publication of the sequelSaint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Womancomes this special edition of the classicA 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 Leibowitzis a classic that ranks withBrave New Worldand1984. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1976
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/2/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Miller's participation in the bombing of Casino, Italy, during World War II apparently had a lasting impact on the writer, for his only novel, A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960), is rife with images of massive destruction caused by war. Miller began writing short stories in 1950 while recovering from an automobile accident, and most of his writing was done between 1950 and 1960. Often regarded as one of the best science fiction novels ever written, A Canticle for Leibowitz is a complex, beautifully written book that traces human history from a twentieth-century nuclear war forward to another war in a.d. 3781. It stands as one of the best examples of the fear that millions of people have of the power of nuclear weapons and the aftermath of nuclear holocaust. Richly symbolic and multilayered, the novel lends itself to critical commentary more than do most popular works of literature. Critic John B. Ower remarks that, perhaps because of his conversion to Catholicism, "Miller's religious belief is complex and comprehensive enough to contain within itself the dark misgivings, the ironies, and the ambiguities of our deeply disturbed century."

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