A Canticle For Leibowitz Author:Walter M. Miller Jr. When the sizzling atomic rain had stopped the world was back where it had started. One great tradition remained, however, salvaged from the ruins of a dead culture. The tradition that stated, "Don't rock the ark." The Blessed Leibowitz - dead now, lo these 600 years - was up for sainthood. Only the Leibowitzian records of the destroyed civilizat... more »ion remained. Monks spent their entire lives illuminating and interpreting his works in order to reconstruct the world as it had been. And their interpretation was final. Then Brother Francis unearthed the document that sent the scholars into paroxysms of inspired rhetoric and threatened to start a holy war. The document read: "Pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels - bring home." It was a mystery that would cause intense speculation among philosophers for the next thousand years.
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