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Larissa MacFarquhar is an American writer known for her profiles in The New Yorker. She is the daughter of the sinologist Roderick MacFarquhar.[1]

Larissa MacFarquhar
NationalityUnited States of America

She has written profiles on Barack Obama, Derek Parfit, Hilary Mantel, Robert Gottlieb, Richard Posner, Chelsea Manning and Aaron Swartz, among others.[2][3] Her 2015 book Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help explores the motivations of people who take altruism to extremes. She is married to the writer Philip Gourevitch.


Selected bibliographyEdit


  • MacFarquhar, Larissa (2016). Strangers Drowning : Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help. Penguin Books. ISBN 0143109782.

Essays and reportingEdit


  1. ^ Perlez, Jane (12 February 2019). "Roderick MacFarquhar, Eminent China Scholar, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Larissa MacFarquhar". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  3. ^ Larissa MacFarquhar in The UNZ review
  4. ^ Online version is titled "The mind-expanding ideas of Andy Clark".

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