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This Census-Taker - China Miéville

This Census-Taker - China Miéville

Title: This Census-Taker

Author:  China Miéville

ISBN:  9781509812141

Weight:  495g

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This Census-Taker by China Miéville

In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a profoundly 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.

Award-winning novelist China Miéville’s new novella is a stunning, uncanny, and moving tale set somewhere at once otherworldly and unsettlingly familiar.

Peer & Press Reviews

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

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.


With each book Miéville becomes more and more ambitious, with a profusion of ideas and images on each page that makes other contemporary books look thin and reductive.

Scotland on Sunday

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: This Census-Taker
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Awards and prizes: Folio prize 2017 – shortlist
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781509812141
ISBN 10: 1509812148
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 140
Size (h x w x d): 207 x 136 x 20mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Chris Stein
Jacket photograph: Mt. Huangshan © Wusheng Wang

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