Larissa MacFarquhar

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Larissa MacFarquhar
Born1968 (age 54–55)
London, England
SpousePhilip Gourevitch
RelativesRoderick MacFarquhar (father)

Larissa MacFarquhar is an American writer known for her profiles in The New Yorker.

She is the daughter of the sinologist Roderick MacFarquhar.[1] She was born in London and moved to the United States at the age of 16.[2]

MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998[3] and has written profiles on Barack Obama, Derek Parfit, Hilary Mantel, Robert Gottlieb, Richard Posner, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chelsea Manning and Aaron Swartz, among others.[4] 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 bibliography[edit]


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

Essays and reporting[edit]


  1. ^ Perlez, Jane (February 12, 2019). "Roderick MacFarquhar, Eminent China Scholar, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Wolf, David (October 17, 2015). "Larissa MacFarquhar interview: 'People think I'm a total freak for not using the first person'". The Guardian. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "Larissa MacFarquhar: What is Family, What are Strangers?". Stanford Humanities. March 6, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "Larissa MacFarquhar". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Online version is titled "The mind-expanding ideas of Andy Clark".

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