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In 2016, we asked luminaries to recommend their favorite books about cities worldwide; they picked everything from an absurdist Chinese novel about a plot to buy former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin’s embalmed corpse to a deeply human short story collection set amid the Siege of Sarajevo.

As many of us dig into fiction this holiday season, we thought it was time to revisit that list for inspiration, along with more of our thoughtful, and often surprising, reads on the intersections between foreign policy and fiction, whether in the form of sci-fi, crime novels, or theater. —Chloe Hadavas

Around the World in 40 Books

We asked distinguished writers and thinkers to pick their favorite books about 20 of the world’s great cities.

In 2016, we asked luminaries to recommend their favorite books about cities worldwide; they picked everything from an absurdist Chinese novel about a plot to buy former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin’s embalmed corpse to a deeply human short story collection set amid the Siege of Sarajevo.

As many of us dig into fiction this holiday season, we thought it was time to revisit that list for inspiration, along with more of our thoughtful, and often surprising, reads on the intersections between foreign policy and fiction, whether in the form of sci-fi, crime novels, or theater. —Chloe Hadavas





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Around the World in 40 Books

We asked distinguished writers and thinkers to pick their favorite books about 20 of the world’s great cities.



A woman looks at a futuristic rendition of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong displayed at the Convention and Exhibition center in Hong Kong on Nov. 21, 2005.

A woman looks at a futuristic rendition of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong displayed at the Convention and Exhibition center in Hong Kong on Nov. 21, 2005.

A woman looks at a futuristic rendition of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong displayed at the Convention and Exhibition center in Hong Kong on Nov. 21, 2005.TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images

How China Became a Sci-Fi Powerhouse

Would-be superstar authors once toiled in obscurity. Online publishing changed all that, Emily Feng writes.





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Germany’s Love Affair With Crime Fiction

The genre is a potent mirror for a country still coming to terms with itself, Thomas Kniesche writes.



People visit the Bund in Shanghai

People visit the Bund in Shanghai

People visit the Bund along the Huangpu River in Shanghai on Aug. 29, 2020.Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Seeking Truth From Fiction

The provocative short stories in Land of Big Numbers offer a window into ordinary life in China with rich material from a reporter’s notebook, Alexa Olesen writes.





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The Tragedy of Stopping Climate Change

The race is on to tell—or sell—the right story about global warming, Jessi Jezewska Stevens writes.

Books About 20 of the World’s Great Cities

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