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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Ghost Ships

Ghost Ships

IN LATE MAY, reports began to emerge from northern Malaysia of the discovery of nearly 140 graves spread across a string of abandoned human trafficking camps near the Thailand border. Some held the re...

The Anatomy of a Massacre

The Anatomy of a Massacre

ON MAY 13, nearly 50 Ismailis were massacred on a bus in Karachi. The attack was claimed by two militant groups, each referring in its statements to the Islamic State (ISIS) and events in the Levant ...

Shadow City: Migrant Workers in Beirut

Shadow City: Migrant Workers in Beirut

Photograph by Patrick Sykes. All rights reserved.   THIS IS THE CHRISTIAN PART of the city. On a summer’s day it feels like the air is sticky enough to sculpt in your hand. There is light...

The People’s Pope and the Chairman of Everything

The People’s Pope and the Chairman of Everything

Note: this piece was written for simultaneous bilingual publication in English, in the Los Angeles Review of Books, and in Italian, in Cinaforum, available here. All photographs courtesy of Jeffrey W...

ISIS, Hollywood, Islam

ISIS, Hollywood, Islam

I AM a horror film connoisseur. Monsters and murders speak to my understanding of the human condition. The macabre and the moribund reflect my interest in extremes. Even torture inspires me, not as a ...

The Magdalena and the “Master Plan”

The Magdalena and the “Master Plan”

All photographs by Alex Baumhardt.   THE MAGDALENA is Colombia’s biggest and most prized river — a crooked, rambling basin that cuts through the western half of the country for about 1,...

Egypt’s Megafantasies

Egypt’s Megafantasies

THE SANDSTORMS that wrap, choke, and blind Cairo in a periodic haze are a reminder of the desert’s proximity. Driving west out of the city, free from the congestion of inner Cairo, it is a shockingl...

When the Sun Falls over Tahrir

When the Sun Falls over Tahrir

SOMETIME IN THE SUMMER of 2011, I was sitting with a few friends at a café on the edge of a cliff overlooking Cairo. We were smoking shisha and drinking tea and beer, watching the sun set over the ta...