By China Miéville
For readers of George Saunders, Kelly hyperlink, David Mitchell, and Karen Russell, This Census-Taker is a beautiful, uncanny, and profoundly relocating novella from multiple-award-winning and bestselling writer China Miéville.
In a distant residence on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a profoundly worrying occasion. He tries—and fails—to flee. Left by myself along with his more and more deranged mum or dad, he goals of protection, of becoming a member of the opposite young ones within the city lower than, of escape.
while finally a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation will be over.
yet through what authority does this guy preserve the meticulous files he incorporates? what's the objective at the back of his questions? Is he pal? Enemy? Or anything else altogether?
choked with attractiveness, terror, and strangeness, This Census-Taker is a poignant and riveting exploration of reminiscence and identity.
Advance compliment for This Census-Taker
“A thought-provoking fairy story for adults . . . [This Census-Taker] resembles the narrative type, quirkiness, and plotting present in the works of Karen Russell, Aimee Bender, or Steven Millhauser.”—Booklist
“Brief and dreamlike . . . a deceptively uncomplicated tale whose plot will be taken as a symbolic illustration of a side of humanity as gigantic as a complete society and as small as a unmarried soul.”—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for China Miéville
“Even whilst he's orbiting someplace in a galaxy too distant for regular human comprehension . . . Miéville is dazzling.”—The ny Times
“[Miéville’s] wit dazzles, his humour is full of life, and the natural power of his mind's eye is astonishing.”—Ursula okay. Le Guin