The Embassy of Cambodia – Zadie Smith

It was not for the first time that Fatou had wondered if she herself was a slave, but this story, brief as it was, confirmed in her own mind that she was not

The Embassy of Cambodia is not a story about an Embassy or Cambodia, but the embassy as it unexpectedly exists within normal London suburban life is a metaphor for Fatou’s life in Willesden.

This standalone short story paints a realistic picture of a life where the little things are appreciated whilst underneath things aren’t quite right. There are neat little details that give Fatou depth, and a strength of character that is simultaneously jarring and reassuring as the badminton shuttlecock soaring above the fence of the embassy.

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