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An Interpretation of Fatou’s Identity Transformation in the Embassy of Cambodia

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DOI: 10.25236/icallh.2021.028


Wei Yiting

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Wei Yiting


Zadie Smith is one of the most famous British women writers. Most of her novels focus on immigrants from the Third World and their descendants’ living conditions and searching of their cultural identity in Britain which is under a kind of multicultural and multi-ethnic environment. This paper focuses on the issues of identity, which is one of the most main themes of Smith’s novels, and discusses the transformation of Fatou’s identity in the short story The Embassy of Cambodia, in which the identity of Fatou is divided into three stages: maidservant (identity loss), Catholic (searching of identity) and swimmer(the true self).


Zadie smith, The embassy of cambodia, Identity transformation