"Puoi raccontare la storia come ti pare, mi ha detto, puoi essere io o lui o lei o noi o loro o tu, e comunque non mentirai, anche se forse racconterai due storie in una.". La città sopravvive come sospesa, a cavallo tra due montagne tagliate da una voragine, riunite da un ponte, passaggio di persone, mercato, regno degli orfani. Il fabbricante di chiavi vive sulla montagna, lontano dalla città, insieme alla sua famiglia. Un giorno suo figlio corre in città, il terrore negli occhi, la paura nel cuore. Ha assistito all'indicibile e cerca riparo, chiede aiuto, vuole giustizia. Incontrerà indifferenza, gli verrà offerta amicizia e un avvertimento: qualcuno, nascosto nel passato della sua famiglia, lo sta venendo a cercare. Quando l'uomo del censimento busserà alla sua porta, il figlio del fabbricante di chiavi sarà in grado di fornire le informazioni richieste? L'uomo del censimento è un romanzo in bilico tra letteratura weird e spietato realismo, una storia di segreti e rivelazioni, di tragedia e coraggio, di silenzio e solitudine e misteri sempre sulla soglia della rivelazione.
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- Data di uscita: 18-04-2019
That’s the last one of the Hugo finalist novellas I had set out to read! The author describes his genre as “weird fiction,” and I won’t argue here. This is a strange book that leaves way too many open questions, and refuses to fit into any single genre. And these are things I normally like! I really Leggi tutto
”I knew that, by whatever means he’d killed it, it was not to eat. I wanted to cry; I stood still. He had it by the neck. Its brown body was bigger than a baby’s. Its shovel head lolled and its nasty hook beak twitched open and closed to snap faintly with each of my father’s steps. The bird’s broad Leggi tutto
Truly, madly, deeply It’s hard to resist the lure of labels and the urge to uncover the truth. But labels obscure as much as they reveal. The truth of a good story isn’t in whether it happened as described, but in the more profound and elliptical lessons it teaches us, whether we realise it or not. Leggi tutto
Creepy, weird little book. China Mieville is self-described as a writer in the “new weird” genre, and so he is living up to his name. Readers who enjoyed his The City & the City and Embassytown will know what I mean and he is following along this path in his 2016 publication. Mieville has also stated Leggi tutto
I can't say that I'm completely satisfied with this novella, but I can say that I'm haunted by it. I'm haunted by all the little details that make up this world so much like our own, the hints of wars and magics and strange chemicals and vials and keys that provide people with purpose and a way out
"You'll write it not because there's no possibility it'll be found but because it costs too much to not write it." -- China Miéville, This Census-Taker "LORD, if you were to record iniquities, Lord, who could remain standing?" -- Psalms 130:3 (International Standard Version) I would probably consider Leggi tutto
One of my Hugo Award nominees, novella, 2016. ____ A boy runs screaming into a village, having witnessed something horrible. Years later, the narrator tells us, he is imprisoned, under guard, allowed to write this book in a solitary room. There is something, he tells us, that his 'manager' told him: "Yo Leggi tutto
4ish stars. For a horror novella, there's not much horror. At least not that we get any explicit glimpses of. Just lots of creepiness. This is brilliantly written as the memoir of sorts of- well... this guy? Who's writing different books or something? And maybe he's being guarded? And he writes about Leggi tutto
Wow - I really seem to be in the minority here, people loved this book. Me? Not so much. I'll write why as soon as I've gotten over my disappointment... It just seemed so promising. Disclaimer: I may be unnecessarily hard on this book, but that is only because of its lost potential and my belief that Leggi tutto
4.5 stars I have not read enough China Mieville. This one is a fairly brief novella which is set in a post-apocalyptic society, although that part is much understated and you pick it up from clues along the way. The beginning of the Guardian review sets the scene very well; “Any story that, on its ver Leggi tutto
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