A Canticle for Leibowitz Author:Walter M. Miller, Jr. 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 read: pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagles-bring home for Emma.