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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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...

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...

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...

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...

To Live Ideologically Is to Narrow Your Life

To Live Ideologically Is to Narrow Your Life

A novelist, essayist, and filmmaker, Xiaolu Guo was born in a Chinese fishing village in 1973. She attended the Beijing Film Academy before moving to London in 2002. In 2013, Ms. Guo was named one of ...

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...