The Embassy of Cambodia

The Embassy of Cambodia

Book - 2013
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A rare and brilliant story from Zadie Smith, taking us deep into the life of a young woman, Fatou, domestic servant to the Derawals and escapee from one set of hardships to another. Beginning and ending outside the Embassy of Cambodia, which happens to be located in Willesden, NW London, Zadie Smith's absorbing, moving and wryly observed story suggests how the apparently small things in an ordinary life always raise larger, more extraordinary questions. 'It's scale is superficially small, but its range is lightly immense; in the first couple of pages, the world from Ghana to London to Cambodia enters. It is a fiction of consequences both global and heartrenchingly intimate. This voice is global, plural and local, with a delicate grip on historic consequences...... Works on an awesomely global scale, and the relations of slavery and mastership are traced in both personal and international scale.' Philip Hensher, The Guardian 'Reading it is a bit like having a starter in a restaurant that is so good you wish you had ordered a big portion as a main course, only to realise, as you finish it, that it was exactly the right amount.' 'A perfect stocking-filler of a book that shows that short-form fiction can be as vibrant and as healthy as any densely realised full-length novel.' Louise Doughty, The Observer 'Smith serves up a smasher.' Leyla Sanai, The Independent On Sunday
Publisher: London : Hamish Hamilton, 2013.
ISBN: 9780241146521
Branch Call Number: FIC Smith
Characteristics: 69 p.


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Dec 28, 2016

Great quick read with lots of unexpected clever ideas and insights.

Oct 20, 2016

A story about people who don't trust each other. Well written but too short.

Mar 07, 2015

A short novella set in North London that displays Smith's talents as a writer.

May 25, 2014

A short story that allows us a glimpse into a young woman's life as an immigrant. A sad and hidden world where a woman is so vulnerable.

loveablelibrarian Mar 14, 2014

A short, moving portrait of the life of a domestic servant. Smith's mastery is clear here- the story is short but cuts deep.

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