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As an epic tale spanning 18 centuries and dealing with monks under vows of poverty, obedience, and humility, A Canticle for Leibowitz inevitably portrays individual lives as inconsequential. Leibowitz Abbey is responsible from the time of its founding during the dark days of the Simplification with overcoming mankind's determination to forget everything that contributed to the Flame Deluge. For six centuries after the mid-20th-century nuclear holocaust that reduces mankind to the hunter-gatherer stage, the monks indiscriminately preserve anything that falls into their hands, sealing originals in lead-lined, airtight casks in a darkened library. Some learned monks suspect the Memorabilia is in fact largely an "Inscrutabilia" of incomplete, disjointed scraps, but the Order remains obedient to its mission of copying and recopying everything by hand, trusting someday someone will find it useful in rebuilding the lost heritage. By the 32nd century, such a renaissance is on the horizon, led...

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