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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Contortionists and Conjurers

Contortionists and Conjurers

IT IS A YEAR AND SEVEN DAYS after Haiyan, the strongest storm ever to have hit our earth, landed in the central Philippines. Of course, we hear the tales of terrible waste that follow any natural disa...

Dancing with Dictators

Dancing with Dictators

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG GIRL in Leyte, I danced for Imelda Marcos. The effect of that on my psyche, an obeisance innocent and obscene, came back to me in the nightclub setting of David Byrne’s oddly cath...

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

WRITING ABOUT Dennis Rodman’s forays into diplomacy earlier this year, director of the Choson Exchange, Andray Abrahamian, reminded readers that, “in media discourse, North Korea is the classic en...

Xinjiang Stories

Xinjiang Stories

ON MAPS TODAY, China’s Central Asian regions are labeled Xinjiang, literally designating the “New Territories” annexed to the Chinese state during the Qing imperial conquests of the 1750s. In th...

When a River Is a World: Twigger on the Nile

When a River Is a World: Twigger on the Nile

WHILE ON A HUNTING EXPEDITION in the Balkans in 1859, British explorer Samuel Baker made a stop — along with his travel companion, a maharaja from India — at a slave market town in what is now Bul...

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...

At Home with Syrian Refugees and Their Hosts

At Home with Syrian Refugees and Their Hosts

The names of those interviewed for this story have been withheld for confidentiality. Photographs by Helen Mackreath. ¤ THE NORTH OF LEBANON has long served as a gateway point for countless populat...

Fame and Literature, Irreconcilable Enemies

Fame and Literature, Irreconcilable Enemies

IN HIS MASTERWORK 2666, Roberto Bolaño invents a reclusive German novelist named Hans Reiter, alias Benno von Archimboldi. Archimboldi’s novels range from an autobiographical novel set in early 20t...

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...

One Click Away

One Click Away

IT WAS 2010 and I was a newbie on Facebook. I received a friend request from someone named Arindam Roy. We had no virtual friends in common, so I clicked his About tab. When I saw he was a journalist...