The Embassy of Cambodia

zadie smith

This book gave me a convenient break from the heavier content of my recent reading. While bound in book form, The Embassy of Cambodia is  caught between being a short story and a novella.

It’s only 68 small pages but covers a lot of ground relating to the life of a migrant worker in London.

Misunderstanding,  suspicion, exploitation and ignorance: the companions of someone far from family and the familiar. Someone who finds a degree of compensation in simple pleasures

Maybe its cheating a little to count this as a book in my 2016 tally, but its brevity and simplicity compensate for the difficulty of other things on my list so far.

The story can be found here: