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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (5 April 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783783753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783783755
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Census is a vital testament to selfless love; a psalm to commonplace miracles, and a mysterious evolving metaphor. So kind, it aches' -- David Mitchell

'Uniquely memorably and utterly profound... Strange and dreamlike' -- Financial Times

'Unexpected, often remarkable... Done with a light touch and a resourceful sense of drama [the characters are] all vividly rendered often with wonderfully macabre or bizarre stories in their background, and advance a sustained philosophical inquiry into the nature and limits of human empathy... A detailed and moving portrait of a kind of radical innocence, one that brings both the cruelty and the kindness in the world around into sharp focus' -- Guardian>/i>

'A powerful reflection on what constitutes selfhood [from] Ball -- a rising star of US fiction... I defy anyone not to read its final pages through tears' -- Daily Mail

'Census is a curious, clever novel... Ball's style is spare and simple... Census is a help to greater understanding and an act of piety. It is a humane, surreal novel' -- Spectator

'This is both a curiously complicated and persuasively simple book... The text reads more like a letter exploring the complexity of love' --Irish Times

'A novel of abundant affecting moments and strange, fierce wisdom, Census is an exquisitely powerful testament to live' --Lisa McInerney

"Emotionally riveting and shot through with the most pressing issues of our time, Ball's exploration of humanity in modern America is not to be missed." --Popsugar

About the Author

Jesse Ball is the award-winning author of over ten books of prose, poetry, drawings and essays. He lives in Chicago.

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