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This Census-Taker

This Census-Taker (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Mieville, China

For readers of George Saunders, Kelly Link, David Mitchell, and Karen Russell, This Census-Taker is a stunning, uncanny, and profoundly moving novella from multiple-award-winning and bestselling author China Mieville. In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a profo...undly traumatic event. He tries and fails to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape. When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over. But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether? Filled with beauty, terror, and strangeness, This Census-Taker is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity. Advance praise for This Census-Taker A thought-provoking fairy tale for adults . . . [ This Census-Taker ] resembles the narrative style, quirkiness, and plotting found in the works of Karen Russell, Aimee Bender, or Steven Millhauser. Booklist Brief and dreamlike . . . a deceptively simple story whose plot could be taken as a symbolic representation of an aspect of humanity as big as an entire society and as small as a single soul. Kirkus Reviews Praise for China Mieville Even when he is orbiting somewhere in a galaxy too far away for normal human comprehension . . . Mieville is dazzling. The New York Times [Mieville s] wit dazzles, his humour is lively, and the pure vitality of his imagination is astonishing. Ursula K. Le Guin From the Hardcover edition.
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ISBN 9781101967348
Released NZ 3 Jan 2017
Publisher Del Rey Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781101967348
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Del Rey Books
Imprint Del Rey Books
Released 3 Jan 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Mieville, China
Category Modern Fiction
Fantasy Fiction
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code FIC
Weight 204g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Identity (Psychology), Fantasy fiction, Missing persons, Abandoned children, Dysfunctional families
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade