A Canticle for Leibowitz on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Fans of post-apocalyptic literature (at least those based in the UK) can currently enjoy a radio adaptation of Walter M Miller Jr’s A Canticle for Leibowitz currently being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and available for a week following transmission on the BBC iPlayer. This adaptation, which covers the first Fiat Homo (Let There Be Man) section of the three-part Canticle story, is read by Nigel Lindsay.

First published in 1960, A Canticle for Leibowitz opens in the environs of a Catholic monastery deep in the south-western USA long after a nuclear war has devastated the planet. With a storyline spanning many thousands of year, the novel explores the efforts of an order of monks to discover, interpret and preserve the fragmentary remains of the scientific knowledge of humankind all-but-lost in the aftermath of the apocalypse as human society is rebuilt.

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