This Census-Taker

3.3 based on 3137 ratings & 637 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan Digital Audio

Publication date: 25.02.2016
ISBN: 9781509828548
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a 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?

A novella filled with beauty, terror and strangeness, This Census-Taker by China Miéville is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity.

In the media

Compelling . . . the classic Miéville themes of power, alienation and politics are never far from the surface, and the tale lingers in the memory.
Chicago Tribune
China Miéville has a gift for turning the strange into the given, and this elusive little world is conveyed with precision and vividness. The result is an ingenious novella that lingers in the mind like an unsettling dream.
Financial Times
[China Miéville] is just regarded as one of the most interesting and freakishly gifted writers of his generation, an estimation this novella only upholds.
Observer