This Census-Taker (China Miéville)

This Census-Taker is a novella by China Miéville.
Finished on: 11.6.2018

A man writes about his life from prison. As a boy he lived with his parents – his mother a trader, his father selling magical keys. But then his mother killed his father. Or actually, his father killed his mother. The boy is convinced of it, but nobody finds any evidence of it. Then the Cenus-Taker shows up to talk with his father.

This Census-Taker takes a three-book idea and stuffs it into a novella, which is at times frustrating because I just wanted to know more, but mostly it’s just brilliant.

Book cover of This Census-Taker showing a mountain with thick fog in black and white.
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