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Leys, Simon 1935-2014

Works: 108 works in 551 publications in 7 languages and 9,182 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Quotations  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Alternative histories (Fiction)  Exhibition catalogs  Sources  Sacred books  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Translator, Editor, Illustrator, Other, Interviewee
Classifications: PL2478, 181.112
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The burning forest : essays on Chinese culture and politics by Simon Leys( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of Napoleon by Simon Leys( Book )

51 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Ladies and gentlemen, alas! The Emperor is dead." The news from St. Helena goes out across Europe, but in fact Napoleon has not died. By means of an ingenious escape, he has returned to the Continent, leaving an impersonator on St. Helena, and it is this double who has unexpectedly and very problematically passed away. Traveling incognito, the emperor experiences a series of bizarre adventures that bring him face-to-face with the myth of Napoleon as it is disconcertingly played out in everyday life. After a visit to Waterloo and a near arrest at the French border, he eventually arrives in Paris, where he falls in with some veteran Bonapartists and visits an asylum where most of the inmates are laboring under the mistaken impression that they are he. Will Napoleon ever recapture his true identity? Who, in the end, is he, now that "the Emperor is dead"? Simon Leys's truculent, delightful fable poses these and other questions in a rare work of fiction that is continually surprising and effervescent"--
The Analects of Confucius by Confucius( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through ethical debate, defining for ages to come the public mission of the intellectual
The Chairman's new clothes : Mao and the cultural revolution by Simon Leys( Book )

15 editions published between 1977 and 1981 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broken images : essays on Chinese culture and politics by Simon Leys( Book )

16 editions published between 1976 and 1981 in 3 languages and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bibliographical notes: p. [150]-153
Prosper : a voyage at sea by Simon Leys( )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'A big liner, brightly lit, passes us one or two cable-lengths ahead. 'Ow! They are guzzling champagne but cannot see what's in front of them!' grumbles Etienne, who has the helm and puts Prosper back on course. Our wooden boat, which one long wave can carry, is a mere cork in the wake of that ship, which crushes three dozen such waves under her uncaring steel plates. How many hundreds of men does she carry? Up there, people laugh, play, dream, eat and sleep ...while we, a few feet above the water, surrounded by dancing lights, keep watch till dawn.' One summer, Simon Leys joined the crew of a tuna-fishing boat in Brittany, one of the last boats working under sail. In this exceptionally beautiful and elegiac essay, he evokes the traditions, hardships and dangers of the oldest and finest form of seamanship."--Wheelers website
The hall of uselessness : collected essays by Simon Leys( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Simon Leys is a Renaissance man for the era of globalization. A distinguished scholar of classical Chinese art and literature and one of the first Westerners to recognize the appalling toll of Mao's Cultural Revolution, Leys also writes with unfailing intelligence, seriousness, and bite about European art, literature, history, and politics and is an unflinching observer of the way we live now. The Hall of Uselessness is the most extensive collection of Leys's essays to be published to date. In it, he addresses subjects ranging from the Chinese attitude to the past to the mysteries of Belgium and Belgitude; offers portraits of André Gide and Zhou Enlai; takes on Roland Barthes and Christopher Hitchens; broods on the Cambodian genocide; reflects on the spell of the sea; and writes with keen appreciation about writers as different as Victor Hugo, Evelyn Waugh, and Georges Simenon. Throughout, The Hall of Uselessness is marked with the deep knowledge, skeptical intelligence, and passionate conviction that have made Simon Leys one of the most powerful essayists of our time."--Page 4 of cover
Orwell, ou, L'horreur de la politique by Simon Leys( Book )

21 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in French and English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les habits neufs du président Mao, chronique de la Révolution culturelle by Simon Leys( Book )

40 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the abolition of all political parties by Simone Weil( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simone Wei--philosopher, activist, mysti--is one of the most uncompromising of modern spiritual masters. In "On the Abolition of All Political Parties" she challenges the foundation of the modern liberal political order, making an argument that has particular resonance today, when the apathy and anger of the people and the self-serving partisanship of the political class present a threat to democracies all over the world. Dissecting the dynamic of power and propaganda caused by party spirit, the increasing disregard for truth in favor of opinion, and the consequent corruption of education, journalism, and art, Weil forcefully makes the case that a true politics can only begin where party spirit ends. --Publisher
La forêt en feu : essais sur la culture et la politique chinoises by Simon Leys( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1988 in French and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Analects : the Simon Leys Translation, Interpretations by Confucius( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Norton Critical Edition situates the historical figure of Kongzi, the legendary figure of Confucius, and the Analects (or Lunyu), the single most influential book ascribed to the Master's circles of disciples, within their evolving ethical, cultural, and political contexts"--Page 4 of cover
Essais sur la Chine by Simon Leys( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in French and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une interprétation et une dénonciation de la Chine contemporaine à travers ces cinq essais iconoclastes aussi lucides et lumineux qu'implacables. Des textes rétifs à toute récupération politique
Fairweather by Ian Fairweather( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catalogue of Fairweather Exhibition 1994
L'humeur, l'honneur, l'horreur : essais sur la culture et la politique chinoises by Simon Leys( Book )

12 editions published in 1991 in French and English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Protée et autres essais by Simon Leys( Book )

12 editions published in 2001 in French and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Divers essais témoignant d'un amour profond de la littérature et abordant notamment Protée, Victor Hugo, Don Quichotte, la manière de commencer un roman ... Prix Renaudot essai 2001
L'ange et le cachalot : essais by Simon Leys( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in French and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recueil d'essais qui se partagent en trois volets : des études chinoises (notamment une introduction à Confucius), des études sur de grands auteurs (Balzac, Simenon, Malraux), enfin, une réflexion sur la traduction
Chinese shadows by Simon Leys( Book )

42 editions published between 1973 and 1979 in 4 languages and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author presents his observations on life in the People's Republic of China, based on a six-month visit in 1972
Le studio de l'inutilité : essais by Simon Leys( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in French and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A la manière des échanges qu'il a eus dans sa jeunesse avec ses amis dans le lieu qu'ils partageaient à Hong Kong, le studio de l'inutilité, l'essayiste livre ses réflexions sur H. Michaux, G. Orwell, A. Camus, C. Milosz, Mayling Soong, le génocide khmer rouge, R. Barthes, etc.--[Memento]
Enquête sur la mort de Lin Biao by Ming-le Yao( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in Dutch and French and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De opzet, uitwerking en het uiteindelijk mislukken van een staatsgreep tegen Mao Zedong door de Chinese minister van defensie en vice-voorzitter van de Communistische Partij Lin Biao (1907-1971), die in 1971 bij een vliegtuigongeluk om het leven kwam
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The Analects of Confucius
The Analects of ConfuciusThe hall of uselessness : collected essaysFairweather
Alternative Names

controlled identityRyckmans, Pierre

Leys, Simon

Leys, Simon 1935-

Pierre Ryckmans Belgian-Australian writer, sinologist and essayist

Pierre Ryckmans schrijver

Pierre Ryckmans scrittore, saggista e critico letterario belga

Rickmans, Pierre.

Rijckmans, Pierre.

Ryckmans Pierre

Ryckmans, Pierre, 1935-

Ryckmans, Pierre 1935-2014

Simon Leys belgijski sinolog i pisarz

Simon Leys belgischer Sinologe, politischer Schriftsteller, Essayist und Übersetzer

Симон Лейс

ליס, סימון, 1935-2014

ריקמנס, פייר, 1935-2014

سیمون له


レイ, シモン

レイス, シモン


莱斯, 西蒙 1935-2014

里克曼, 皮埃尔 1935-2014

French (192)

English (151)

Spanish (6)

Chinese (5)

Japanese (3)

Dutch (3)

Russian (1)