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.

RECENT REVIEWS

Letter from Paris

Letter from Paris

EVEN THOUGH WE LIVE only a couple metro stops away from where the first set of shootings happened, we learned about the terrorist attacks on Paris through social media; a friend in California messaged...

The Home of Language

The Home of Language

All photos by Joanna Chen. All rights reserved.   FOUR YEARS AGO, my mother was dead, I had lost my job at Newsweek, and I was driving up the slopes that lead away from my house, with no di...

How Nepal’s Constitution Got Queered

How Nepal’s Constitution Got Queered

All photographs by Kyle Knight. All rights reserved.   WHEN NEPAL’S PRESIDENT signed the country’s new constitution on September 20, some minority groups raised black flags in protest;...

Refugee or Migrant

Refugee or Migrant

All photographs by Helen Mackreath. All rights reserved.   In the first place, we don’t like to be called “refugees.” We ourselves call each other “newcomers” or “immigrants.”...

All Borderlands Are Ghost Lands

All Borderlands Are Ghost Lands

Left: Great Migration into Pakistan, 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan, Margaret Bourke-White.   WATCHING TELEVISION FOOTAGE OF REFUGEES streaming west by their thousands, along the hig...

This Is Not a Phone Conversation

This Is Not a Phone Conversation

EARLY ON in The Red Web, the excellent, highly readable tale of the ongoing struggle to control digital life in Russia, investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan tell the story of th...

A Memoriam for the Indian Soldier

A Memoriam for the Indian Soldier

DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, the Indian Army was considered to be the world’s largest mercenary organization, fighting to protect the imperial stronghold of its centuries-long oppressor. As India’...

The Sahel Sang Back

The Sahel Sang Back

IN EARLY AUGUST, in the back of Community Book Store on Seventh Avenue in Brooklyn, Anna Badkhen sat in front of a small piano, its red paint chipped either by wear or design. As the audience sipped g...

A New Spirit in Israeli Culture

A New Spirit in Israeli Culture

IN JERUSALEM RECENTLY, I asked Tamar Gur of the Jerusalem Season of Culture (a nonprofit doing cultural programming in Jerusalem since 2011) if there were any young Israeli novelists that I should kno...