A Canticle for Leibowitz Author:Walter M. Miller Jr. The Hugo Award Winning Novel. By the time of the 32nd Century. The atomic Flame Deluge was over. The earth was dead. All knowledge was gone. In a hellish, barren desert, a humble monk unearths a fragile link to 20th-century civilization. A handwritten document from the Blessed Saint Leibowitz that reads: pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels-bri... more »ng home for Emma.