Around the World

"Around the World" is a special section of the Los Angeles Review of Books dedicated to covering perspectives that transcend national borders and boundaries, whether it be in painting, music, poetry or fiction, journalism, public service or advocacy in the public interest. Every article, interview and essay is intended to create a point of correspondence between LARB readers worldwide. In the spirit of that mission, we also publish bilingual editions of all our articles whenever possible. Pitches on global topics and trends may be sent to atw@lareviewofbooks.org.

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Lost in the Way of the City

Lost in the Way of the City

THE GIFTED Nepalese writer Samrat Upadhyay writes in English about ordinary, mostly middle class characters in his homeland, and their struggles against economic hardship and entrenched social customs...

The Other Vietnam Syndrome

The Other Vietnam Syndrome

THE VIETNAM WAR, for most Americans, has always been a tragedy with only two characters: the courageous but callow GI and the wily and ultimately victorious Vietnamese Communist. Everyone else, from t...

Driving Toward the Chinese Dream

Driving Toward the Chinese Dream

LIKE MILLIONS of migrant workers, as soon as the opportunity arose, Zhou Xunshu escaped his poor village in China’s interior for the southern coast’s boomtowns. Jumping from job to job, Zhou event...

Afghanistan: A Stage Without a Play

Afghanistan: A Stage Without a Play

COLIN HALLORAN DESCRIBES HIMSELF as the only published veteran-poet of the Afghan War. I tried to prove him wrong and couldn’t. In 2006, while a grenadier in the 1/102 Infantry Regiment, Halloran d...

Home in the Hinterland

Home in the Hinterland

The following is a feature article from the new intern issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books: The Magazine. The issue, which our interns produced as part of this past summer's LARB Publishing Cour...

The Role of Host Communities in North Lebanon

The Role of Host Communities in North Lebanon

The names of those interviewed for this story have been withheld for confidentiality. Photographs by Helen Mackreath.   THE MUNICIPALITY OFFICE near the Syrian border is all glassy white floors and...

The Built Landscape

The Built Landscape

All photographs by MacDuff Everton. All rights reserved.   THE BUILT LANDSCAPE is often how we relate visually to history. We visit archaeological sites, monuments, churches, temples, mosqu...

Report From the Flatlands of Statistics

Report From the Flatlands of Statistics

The Danish original of this essay is available immediately below the English. Translated by Colie Hoffman and Mathilde Walter Clark.  I. I'M IN WALMART in a small town in central Texas, buying soc...

On the Gaza Border

On the Gaza Border

Photo: Basel Yazouri, July 8, 2014 I WENT YESTERDAY to Sderot, the largest Israeli town that borders the Gaza strip. I had been there once before and had noticed the strange abstractness of the plac...