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Leys, Simon 1935-2014

Works: 95 works in 512 publications in 7 languages and 8,280 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Quotations  Juvenile works  Sacred books  Records and correspondence  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Translator, Editor, Other, Illustrator, Contributor, Interviewee
Classifications: PL2478, 181.112
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Most widely held works by Simon Leys
The analects (Lun yü) by Confucius( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No other book in the entire history of the world has exerted a greater influence on a larger number of people over a longer period of time than this slim volume. The spiritual cornerstone of the most populous and oldest living civilization on Earth, the Analects has inspired the Chinese and all the peoples of East Asia with its affirmation of a humanist ethics. As the Gospels are to Jesus, the Analects is the only place where we can encounter the real, living Confucius
The burning forest : essays on Chinese culture and politics by Simon Leys( Book )

16 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of Napoleon by Simon Leys( Book )

42 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 723 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 Chairman's new clothes : Mao and the cultural revolution by Simon Leys( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 557 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 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wreck of the Batavia by Simon Leys( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Russian and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1629, the Batavia was wrecked on a coral archipelago fifty miles from the Australian continent. Most of the people on board survived, only to become victims of a visionary psychopath who, with the help of a dozen followers, organised a methodical massacre of the hapless community. Following the wreck's discovery some forty years ago, Simon Leys travelled to the site. This is his riveting account of the shipwreck and its brutal aftermath. As well as a narrative of the disaster, it is also a subtle consideration of the nature of totalitarianism and our susceptibility to its visionary ideologues. This book also includes Leys' elegiac essay, Prosper, recalling a summer when he joined the crew of a tuna-fishing boat from Brittany, one of the last boats still working under sail. This remarkable piece vividly evokes the traditions, hardships and dangers of the oldest and finest form of seamanship."--Publisher's description
Orwell, ou, L'horreur de la politique by Simon Leys( Book )

23 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 )

39 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hall of uselessness : collected essays by Simon Leys( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 226 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
On the abolition of all political parties by Simone Weil( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 171 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 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese shadows by Simon Leys( Book )

46 editions published between 1966 and 1979 in 4 languages and held by 161 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
Entretiens de Confucius by Confucius( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in French and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suite d'aphorismes alimentés par une sagesse pratique et axés sur l'idéal humaniste et l'art de gouverner en une nouvelle traduction. Préface qui situe bien le Maître et son héritage
Essais sur la Chine by Simon Leys( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in French and held by 143 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
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 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Protée et autres essais by Simon Leys( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in French and held by 127 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 )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in French and held by 105 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
The angel and the octopus : collected essays, 1983-1998 by Simon Leys( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The conspiracy and death of Lin Biao by Ming-le Yao( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in Dutch and French and held by 53 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
With Stendhal by Simon Leys( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With Stendhal is a delightful composite portrait of one of the world's great novelists. Simon Leys introduces and translates into English for the first time three linked pieces: the recollections of Stendhal's famous friend Prosper Mérimée, the impressions of novelist George Sand, and a recently discovered piece by Stendhal himself, a whimsical list of the supernatural powers he wished he possessed. Together they illuminate the life and mind of a colourful hyper-romantic, given to duelling, bantering and falling in love, for whom boredom was a sin and hypocracy a crime."--Publisher's description
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The analects (Lun yü)
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

سیمون له


レイ, シモン

レイス, シモン


French (211)

English (126)

Spanish (7)

Chinese (4)

Dutch (3)

Japanese (1)

Russian (1)

The death of NapoleonThe wreck of the BataviaThe hall of uselessness : collected essaysWith Stendhal