• Swing time

    Zadie Smith

    Deux petites filles métisses d'un quartier populaire de Londres se rencontrent lors d'un cours de danse. Entre deux entrechats, une relation fusionnelle se noue entre elles. Devant les pas virtuoses de Fred Astaire et de Jeni LeGon sur leur magnétoscope, elles se rêvent danseuses. Tracey est la plus douée, la plus audacieuse mais aussi la plus excessive. Alors qu'elle intègre une école de danse, la narratrice, elle, poursuit une scolarité classique au lycée puis à l'université, et toutes deux se perdent de vue. La plus sage devient l'assistante personnelle d'Aimee, une chanteuse mondialement célèbre. Elle parcourt le monde, passe une partie de l'année à New York et participe au projet philanthropique d'Aimee : la construction d'une école pour filles dans un village d'Afrique. Pendant ce temps, la carrière de Tracey démarre, puis stagne, tandis que progresse son instabilité psychologique. Après une série d'événements marquants, les deux amies se retrouveront pour un dernier pas de danse. Roman d'apprentissage et de désillusion, le cinquième roman de Zadie Smith opère également une réflexion sur le racisme, l'identité, le genre et la célébrité, avec beaucoup de rythme, d'humour et d'émotion.

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  • Sourires de loup

    Zadie Smith

    À Willesden, dans le nord de Londres, les histoires de trois familles se croisent : l'une originaire du Bangladesh, une autre anglo-jamaïquaine, et la troisième d'intellectuels de gauche. Celles-ci regorgent de personnages extrêmement surprenants et différents en tous points, qu'il s'agisse de leurs origines, de leurs intérêts, de leurs convictions (notamment religieuses), de leurs caractères. Maniant le loufoque, la satire et l'humour avec un art consommé, Zadie Smith produit ici un premier roman détonant, qui frappe par son ambition et son extraordinaire énergie. Ajoutons l'actualité des sujets abordés et la vitalité d'une prose qui se colore de tous les accents de la terre.

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  • De la beauté

    Zadie Smith

    Rien ne va plus pour le très britannique Howard Belsey, spécialiste de Rembrandt et gauchiste convaincu, qui végète dans la petite université de Wellington : son épouse, Kiki, lui bat froid depuis qu'elle le sait coupable d'infidélité ; Jerome, son fils aîné, s'est réfugié chez Monty Kipps, l'ennemi juré de Howard ; enfin, voilà que Monty lui-même débarque à Wellington comme professeur invité. Tandis que s'affrontent les deux hommes, un chassé-croisé sentimental commence : leurs épouses se lient d'amitié, Zora Belsey s'entiche d'un jeune du ghetto, son frère Levi de réfugiés haïtiens... Zadie Smith aborde ici des enjeux brûlants : conflits raciaux, métissage culturel et rapports de classes. Mais cette fresque tragi-comique offre aussi une méditation tendrement ironique sur ce qui unit les êtres : la quête de la beauté.

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  • Leah, Nathalie, Félix et Nathan ont grandi dans la cité de Caldwell, au nord-ouest de Londres. Ils se sont connus, aimés, ou juste frôlés, puis ont pris leur envol. Mais à l'approche de la quarantaine, ils vivent toujours dans ce quartier cosmopolite, où cohabitent la misère et une certaine réussite sociale. Leah ne veut pas d'enfant et prend la pilule en cachette. Nathalie n'a pas toujours été Nathalie. Nathan, lui, n'a pas su échapper à la drogue et son fantôme hante le quartier. Félix enfin croit bien s'en être sorti et s'apprête à conclure l'affaire du siècle, jusqu'à ce drame qui va traverser leur existence et les lier à tout jamais.
    Prg>Avec Ceux du Nord-Ouest, Zadie Smith s'empare des pensées, des souvenirs de ses personnages, pour dresser un portrait impressionniste du quartier de son enfance, à la manière d'une Virginia Woolf du XXIe siècle.

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  • Grand union

    Zadie Smith

    • Penguin
    • 8 October 2020

    The first ever collection of stories from the bestselling and beloved author of Swing Time and White Teeth 'Zadie Smith is the best writer of our generation' Gary Shteyngart 'Her dialogue is pitch-perfect, her comic timing masterful... [And] she also delivers a sophisticated commentary on race, gender, class, celebrity and power' Telegraph on Swing Time 'Smith is virtuosic, as ever, on family and friendship, and her ability to write about large-scale social injustice without losing her neutral novelist's gaze is breathtaking' Times Literary Supplement on Swing Time In the summer of 1959, an Antiguan immigrant in north west London lives the last day of his life, unknowingly caught in someone else's story of hate and division, resistance and revolt. A mother looks back on her early forays into matters of the human heart - and other parts of the human body - considering the ways in which desire is always an act of negotiation, destruction, and self-invention. A disgraced cop stands amid the broken shards of his life, unable to move forward into a future that holds no place for him. Moral panic spreads like contagion through the upper echelons of New York City - and the cancelled people look disconcertingly like the rest of us. A teenage scion of the technocratic elite chases spectres through a premium virtual reality, trailed by a little girl with a runny nose and no surviving family. We all take a much-needed break from this mess, on a package holiday where the pool's electric blue is ceaselessly replenished, while political and environmental collapse happen far away, to someone else. Interleaving ten completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, Zadie Smith presents a dizzyingly rich and varied collection of fiction. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, Grand Union is a sharply alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.

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  • Comme son nom l'indique, Alex-Li Tandem est double. Banlieusard et londonien, de mère juive et de père chinois, pris entre Kabbale et Tao, il s'est constitué sa propre mythologie : celle des stars du passé, dont il négocie les autographes. Ce commerce prospère lui assure une existence à la fois rangée et chaotique, toujours à distance des sentiments. Jusqu'au jour où il découvre le Graal des collectionneurs, l'introuvable autographe d'une obscure starlette hollywoodienne des années cinquante. Ce cadeau tombé du ciel va l'entraîner dans une équipée tragi-comique de Londres à New York, qui l'obligera à mûrir et à affronter enfin le trou noir au coeur de sa vie.
    À travers les tribulations, tour à tour hilarantes et poignantes, de cet antihéros de notre temps, Zadie Smith jette un regard acide sur une société déchirée entre culte de la célébrité et nostalgie du sacré. Après Sourires de loup, elle confirme avec éclat sa stature de romancière et son attention sans faille aux mutations du monde, grâce à une langue constamment inventive et surprenante, et à une réflexion dont la profondeur et la compassion passent toujours par un humour décapant.

    Trad. de l'anglais par Jamila et Serge Chauvin.

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  • White teeth

    Zadie Smith

    Zadie Smith's White Teeth is a classic international bestseller and an unforgettable portrait of London, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time One of the most talked about fictional debuts ever, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book. 'Funny, clever ... and a rollicking good read' Independent 'An astonishingly assured debut, funny and serious ... I was delighted' Salman Rushdie 'The almost preposterous talent was clear from the first pages' Julian Barnes, Guardian 'Quirky, sassy and wise ... a big, splashy, populous production reminiscent of books by Dickens and Salman Rushdie ... demonstrates both an instinctive storytelling talent and a fully fashioned voice that's street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time' New York Times 'Smith writes like an old hand, and, sometimes, like a dream' New Yorker 'Outstanding ... A strikingly clever and funny book with a passion for ideas, for language and for the rich tragic-comedy of life' Sunday Telegraph 'Do believe the hype' The Times 'Relentlessly funny ... idiosyncratic, and deeply felt' Guardian Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth , won the Whitbread First Novel Award , the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005 . Her second novel, On Beauty , was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW , a collection of essays, Changing My Mind , and also edited a short-story anthology, The Book of Other People .

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  • Deeply personal and powerfully moving, a short and timely series of essays on the experience of lockdown, by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time From the critically acclaimed author of Feel Free, Swing Time, White Teeth and many more 'There will be many books written about the year 2020: historical, analytic, political and comprehensive accounts. This is not any of those. What I've tried to do is organize some of the feelings and thoughts that events, so far, have provoked in me, in those scraps of time the year itself has allowed. These are, above all, personal essays: small by definition, short by necessity. Early on in the crisis, I picked up Marcus Aurelius and for the first time in my life read his Meditations not as an academic exercise, nor in pursuit of pleasure, but with the same attitude I bring to the instructions for a flat-pack table - I was in need of practical assistance. I am no more a Stoic now than I was when I opened that ancient book, but I did come out with two invaluable intimations. Talking to yourself can be useful. And writing means being overheard.' Crafted with the sharp intelligence, wit and style that have won Zadie Smith millions of fans, and suffused with a profound intimacy and tenderness in response to these unprecedented times, Intimations is a vital work of art, a gesture of connection and an act of love - an essential book in extraordinary times.

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  • On beauty

    Zadie Smith

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  • How did George Eliot's love life affect her prose? Why did Kafka write at three in the morning? In what ways is Barack Obama like Eliza Doolittle? Can you be over-dressed for the Oscars? What is Italian Feminism? If Roland Barthes killed the Author, can Nabokov revive him? What does 'soulful' mean? Is Date Movie the worst film ever made?


    A collection of essays that brims over with personality and warmth, Changing My Mind is journalism at its most expansive, intelligent and funny - a gift to readers and writers both. Within its covers an essay is more than a column of opinions: it's a space in which to think freely.

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  • Changer d'avis

    Zadie Smith

    Depuis une dizaine d'années, Zadie Smith publie des «essais ponctuels» comme elle aime à les appeler, dans les journaux et revues les plus prestigieux d'Amérique et d'Angleterre. Changer d'avis («au fil des ans l'opinion que l'on croit sienne évolue») les rassemble.
    Zadie Smith y déploie toute l'étendue de sa curiosité, et écrit avec passion sur les multiples sujets qui lui tiennent à coeur - la lecture, l'écriture, le cinéma, le voyage, Barack Obama, le langage, le métissage... Le style est flamboyant, l'esprit aiguisé, l'humour irrésistible, l'érudition toujours discrète, l'humilité assumée, l'empathie partout présente.
    À noter tout particulièrement, le magistral hommage à l'auteur américain David Foster Wallace, disparu en 2008, qui clôt le recueil. Analyse approfondie et ludique d'une oeuvre foisonnante et parfois difficile, ce long texte est également un bouleversant témoignage qui nous rappelle la première fonction de l'écrivain : s'interroger sur ce que cela veut dire «vivre conscients, en adultes, jour après jour.»

  • Anglais Nw

    Zadie Smith

    From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN''S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Swing Time, White Teeth and On Beauty - a masterful and intimate novel of modern London life''A triumph. Every sentence sings'' Guardian''Intensely funny, richly varied, always unexpected. A joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece'' Daily Telegraph''Smith''s most satisfying novel. Funny, sexy, weird, full of acute social comedy. She''s up there with the best around'' Evening StandardZadie Smith''s brilliant tragicomic NW follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - after they''ve left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they''ve made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel. Funny, poignant and vividly contemporary, NW is as brimming with vitality as the city itself.>

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  • FEEL FREE

    Zadie Smith

    The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, bestselling author of Swing Time and White Teeth , is back with a second unmissable collection of essays WITH NEW MATERIAL ADDED - an extra essay for paperback edition 'Should you read this brilliant book? Absolutely' Independent 'Generous, curious, insistent on the possibility of imaginative connection' Evening Standard No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for Zadie Smith's insatiable curiosity. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has endless enthusiasmand the boundless wit, insight and wisdom to match. In Feel Free , pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with a deep humanity and compassion. This electrifying new collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again her credentials as an essential voice of her generation. 'Lively, intelligent and frequently hilarious, [it] proves that she's one of the brightest minds in English literature today' NPR 'Smart, spirited and distinctive' Wall Street Journal 'She is the book nerd, the culture geek, reading, hearing and seeing, and dying to talk to somebody about it' Guardian

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  • Anglais The Autograph Man

    Zadie Smith

    Alex-Li Tandem sells autographs. He hunts for names on paper in a huge network of desire, collecting them, selling them and occasionally faking them; offering people a little piece of fame. To him, enlightenment is some part of himself that cannot be signed, celebrated or sold.

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  • Zadie Smith's White Teeth is a classic international bestseller and an unforgettable portrait of London One of the most talked about fictional debuts ever, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book.

    'Funny, clever ... and a rollicking good read' Independent 'An astonishingly assured début, funny and serious ... I was delighted' Salman Rushdie 'The almost preposterous talent was clear from the first pages' Julian Barnes, Guardian 'Quirky, sassy and wise ... a big, splashy, populous production reminiscent of books by Dickens and Salman Rushdie ... demonstrates both an instinctive storytelling talent and a fully fashioned voice that's street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time' New York Times 'Smith writes like an old hand, and, sometimes, like a dream' New Yorker 'Outstanding ... A strikingly clever and funny book with a passion for ideas, for language and for the rich tragic-comedy of life' Sunday Telegraph 'Do believe the hype' The Times 'Relentlessly funny ... idiosyncratic, and deeply felt' Guardian Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays, Changing My Mind, and also edited a short-story anthology, The Book of Other People.

  • Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth , The Autograph Man , On Beauty , NW and Swing Time , as well as a novella, The Embassy of Cambodia , and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind , and editor of The Book of Other People . Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won multiple awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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  • Zadie Smith's On Beauty is a funny, powerful and moving story about love and family Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful?

    Set in New England mainly and London partly, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kipps, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family.

    'The novel I didn't want to finish, I was enjoying it so much' John Sutherland, Evening Standard 'Thrums with intellectual sass and know-how' Literary Review 'Delightfully entertaining . . . filled with humour, generosity and contemporary sparkle' Alex Clark, Daily Telegraph 'My novel of the year . . . Delicious' Liz Jones, Evening Standard 'Satirical, wise and sexy' Washington Post 'Heartstopping' The Times Literary Supplement 'A triumph, Smith's comedy shines' Daily Mail 'Ambitious, hugely impressive, beautifully observed' Guardian Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays, Changing My Mind, and also edited a short-story anthology, The Book of Other People.

  • The Book of Other People is just that: a book of other people. Open its covers and you'll make a whole host of new acquaintances. Nick Hornby and Posy Simmonds present the ever-diverging writing life of Jamie Johnson; Hari Kunzru twitches open his net curtains to reveal the irrepressible Magda Mandela (at 4:30a.m., in her lime-green thong); Jonathan Safran Foer's Grandmother offers cookies to sweeten the tale of her heart scan; and Dave Eggers, George Saunders, David Mitchell, Colm Toibín, A.M. Homes, Chris Ware and many more each have someone to introduce to you, too.

    With an introduction by Zadie Smith and brand-new stories from over twenty of the best writers of their generation from both sides of the Atlantic, The Book of Other People is as dazzling and inventive as its authors, and as vivid and wide-ranging as its characters.

  • The Autograph Man is Zadie Smith's whirlwind tour of celebrity and our fame-obsessed times.

    Following one Alex-Li Tandem - a twenty-something, Chinese-Jewish autograph dealer turned on by sex, drugs and organised religion - it takes in London and New York, love and death, fathers and sons, as Alex tries to discover how a piece of paper can bring him closer to his heart's desire. Exposing our misconceptions about our idols - about ourselves - Zadie Smith delivers in The Autograph Man a brilliant, unforgettable tale about who we are and what we really want to be.

    'A glorious concoction written by our most beguiling and original prose-wizard' Independent on Sunday 'A brilliant comedy with a tantalising throb of mystic philosophy underneath' Philip Hensher, Books of the Year, Spectator 'A pleasure from the first page to the last' Evening Standard 'Intellectually agile ... ecstatic inventiveness' Time 'A classic' Spectator 'Genuinely funny and entertaining' Guardian 'Vibrant, highly imaginative' Jewish Chronicle 'Full of irony, humour, the search for love and the fear of death . . . a touching, thoughtful, deeply felt rite-of-passage novel' Sunday Telegraph Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays, Changing My Mind, and has edited a short-story collection, The Book of Other People.

  • Changing My Mind is a collection of essays by Zadie Smith on literature, cinema, art - and everything in between.


    'A supremely good read. Smith writes about reading and writing with such infectious zeal and engaging accessibility that it makes you want to turn up at her house and demand tutoring' Dazed and Confused 'Alarmingly good' Metro 'Striding with open hearted zest and eloquence between fiction (from EM Forster to David Foster Wallace) and travel, movies and comedy, family and community in a self-portrait that charts the evolution of a formidable talent. In lovely elegiac pieces on her late father Harvey, D-Day veteran and Tony Hancock fan, Smith also delivers some of the most affecting autobiographical writing in any form' Independent, Books of the Year 'Brilliant. She's friendly and conspiratorial, voicing the kind of clever theories we could imagine ourselves holding if only we were as articulate as Zadie Smith' Vogue 'Fascinating. Smith has the gift of showing you how she reads and thinks; watching her do it makes you feel smarter and more observant. Her account of her struggles as an author may be the most authentic, unglamorous description of novel-writing ever put on paper' Time Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays, Changing My Mind, and has edited a short-story collection, The Book of Other People.

  • Anglais NW

    Zadie Smith

    NW is Zadie Smith's masterful novel about London life.

    Zadie Smith's brilliant tragi-comic NW follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - after they've left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they've made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel. A portrait of modern urban life, NW is funny, sad and urgent - as brimming with vitality as the city itself.

    Praise for NW:

    'Her dialogue sings and soars; terse, packed and sassy. Smith is simply wonderful: Dickens's legitimate daughter' Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'Astonishing, dazzling. Really - without exaggeration - not since Dickens has there been a better observer of London scenes. Zadie Smith is a genius. It's hard to imagine a better novel this year - or this decade' A.N. Wilson 'Intensely funny, richly varied, always unexpected. A joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece. No better English novel will be published this year' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph 'Absolutely brilliant. So electrically authentic' TIME 'Captivating. Funny, sexy, weird, full of acute social comedy, like London. She's up there with the best around' Evening Standard 'Marvellous . . . crackles with reflections on race, music and migration. A lyrical fiction for our times' Spectator 'Undeniably brilliant . . . rush out and buy this book' Observer Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty, and of a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People.

  • Back on the terrain of NW, The Embassy of Cambodia is another remarkable work of fiction from Zadie Smith.

    'The fact is, if we followed the history of every little country in the world -- in its dramatic as well as its quiet times -- we would have no space left in which to live our own lives or apply ourselves to our necessary tasks, never mind indulge in occasional pleasures, like swimming . . . ' First published this Spring in the New Yorker, The Embassy of Cambodia is a rare and brilliant story that takes 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.

    Praise for NW:

    'A triumph . . .modern London is explored in a dazzling portrait . . . every sentence sings' Guardian 'Intensely funny, richly varied, always unexpected. A joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece. No better English novel will be published this year' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph 'Absolutely brilliant . . . So electrically authentic, it reads like surveillance transcripts' Lev Grossman, TIME Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. She is the author of the novels NW, White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty, and of a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People.

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