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This Census Taker

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Rathbone Folio Prize Best Book (nominee)
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 Miéville.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR

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.

Praise for This Census-Taker

“China Miéville is a magician . . . who can both blow your mind with ideas as big as the universe and break your heart with language so precise and polished, it’s like he’s writing with diamonds.”—NPR

“The book haunts the reader; what actually happened seems always just out of reach, glimpsed in shadow as it rounds a corner ahead of our vision.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

“[Mieville’s] been compared to Karen Russell and George Saunders, and rightfully so.”—The Huffington Post

“Marvellous.”—The Guardian

“Lingers in the mind like an unsettling dream.”Financial Times

“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


Genre: Urban Fantasy

Used availability for China Mieville's This Census Taker

Hardback Editions

July 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: This Census-Taker
Author(s): China Mieville
ISBN: 1-59606-798-5 / 978-1-59606-798-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Subterranean
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February 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: This Census-Taker (Macm01 13 06 2019)
Author(s): China Mieville
ISBN: 1-5098-1214-8 / 978-1-5098-1214-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: This Census-Taker
Author(s): China Mieville
ISBN: 1-101-96732-3 / 978-1-101-96732-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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Paperback Editions

February 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: This Census-Taker
Author(s): China Mieville
ISBN: 1-5098-1213-X / 978-1-5098-1213-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: This Census-Taker: A Novel
Author(s): China Mieville
ISBN: 1-101-96734-X / 978-1-101-96734-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : UK Audio CD
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Title: This Census-Taker
Author(s): China Mieville
ISBN: 1-5098-3285-8 / 978-1-5098-3285-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


March 2016 : UK Audio CD
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Title: This Census-Taker
Author(s): China Mieville
ISBN: 1-5098-3286-6 / 978-1-5098-3286-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: This Census-Taker
Author(s): China Mieville
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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February 2016 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: This Census-Taker
Author(s): China Mieville
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: This Census-Taker
Author(s): China Mieville
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: This Census-Taker
Author(s): China Mieville
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


January 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: This Census-Taker
Author(s): China Mieville
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2016 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: This Census-Taker (Macm01 13 06 2019)
Author(s): China Mieville
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: This Census-Taker (Macm01 13 06 2019)
Author(s): China Mieville
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: This Census-Taker: A Novel
Author(s): China Mieville
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA