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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...