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Leys, Simon 1935-2014

Works: 39 works in 262 publications in 7 languages and 5,289 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  History  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Comic books, strips, etc  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, Interviewee
Classifications: G540, 910.4
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Most widely held works about Simon Leys
Most widely held works by Simon Leys
The burning forest : essays on Chinese culture and politics by Simon Leys( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of Napoleon by Simon Leys( Book )

34 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An alternative view of history. By means of ingenious escape Napoleon returns to Europe._
The Chairman's new clothes : Mao and the cultural revolution by Simon Leys( Book )

11 editions published between 1977 and 1981 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wreck of the Batavia by Simon Leys( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1629, the ship Batavia, pride of the Dutch East India Company, was wrecked on a coral archipelago off the west coast of Australia. Most people on board escaped from drowning, only to become victims of a visionary psychopath who organised a terrifying methodical massacre. Acclaimed sinologist and author Simon Leys travelled to the site, discovering that the natural environment could have provided decent living conditions for the survivors; the massacre therefore appearing all the more aberrant. Also included in this volume is "Prosper", Ley's memoir piece of a summer spent as one of the crew of a tuna-fishing boat from Brittany, one of the last boats still working under sail. This formative experience was Ley's first introduction to the oldest and finest form of seamanship; its traditions, hardships and dangers are vividly evoked
The hall of uselessness : collected essays by Simon Leys( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 200 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."--p. [4] of cover
La forêt en feu : essais sur la culture et la politique chinoises by Simon Leys( Book )

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

Chinese shadows by Simon Leys( Book )

56 editions published between 1973 and 1982 in 6 languages and held by 145 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
On the abolition of all political parties by Simone Weil( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An NYRB Classics Original A brilliant woman who was a study in fiercely maintained contradictions, a star student who went to work on a factory line, a Jewish convert to Catholicism who insisted on refusing baptism, Simone Weil is one of the most intransigent and taxing of spiritual masters, always willing to push her thinking'and us'one step beyond the apparently reasonable in pursuit of the one truth, the one good. She asks hard questions and avoids easy answers. In this essay'now in English for the first time'she challenges the foundation of the modern liberal political order, making an argument that will have particular resonance in present-day America. Examining 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 proposes that politics can only begin where the party spirit comes to an end. This volume also reprints an admiring portrait of Weil by the Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz and an essay about Weil's friendship with Albert Camus by the translator Simon Leys
L'humeur, l'honneur, l'horreur : essais sur la culture et la politique chinoises by Simon Leys( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in French and English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'ange et le cachalot : essais by Simon Leys( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in French and held by 101 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 58 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 51 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 )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Simon Leys introduces and translates into English for the first time three linked peices: the recollections of Stendhal's famous friend Prosper Merimee; the impressions of novelist George Sand; and a recently discovered piece, a whimsical list of the supernatural powers [Stendhal] wished he possessed."
Le tremblement de terre de Pékin by Jean-Philippe Béja( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in French and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human rights in China by Simon Leys( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six récits au fil inconstant des jours by Fu Shen( Book )

2 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in French and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un Chinois de condition modeste dont la vie s'est déroulée à une période paisible de l'histoire, au 18e siècle, sous le règne de Qianlong, a voulu fixer le souvenir de ses jours, avec leur trame de joies et de peines, dans des récits autobiographiques où il rapporte fidèlement et sans recherche les principales expériences de son existence: sa vie conjugale, les heures oisives, les épreuves, d'insouciantes excursions. Des six récits originaux, deux ont disparu. Les quatre qui restent suffisent à nous introduire au coeur du quotidien chinois traditionnel
Two years before the mast : and Twenty-four years after by Richard Henry Dana( Book )

3 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in French and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882) of Boston left his studies at Harvard in 1834 in the hope that a sea voyage would aid his failing eyesight. He shipped out of Boston as a common seaman on board the brig Pilgrim bound for the Pacific, and returned to Massachusetts two years later. Completing his education, Dana became a leader of the American bar, an expert on maritime law, and a life-long advocate of the rights of the merchant seamen he had come to know on the Pilgrim and other vessels. Two years before the mast (1911) is based on the diary Dana kept while at sea. First published in 1841, it is one of America's most famous accounts of life at sea. It contains a rare and detailed account of life on the California coast a decade before the Gold Rush revolutionized the region's culture and society. Dana chronicles stops at the ports of Monterey, San Pedro, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Clara. He describes the lives of sailors in the ports and their work of hide-curing on the beaches, and he gives close attention to the daily life of the peoples of California: Hispanic, Native American, and European
Les idées des autres : idiosyncratiquement compilées pour l'amusement des lecteurs oisifs by Simon Leys( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published between 1971 and 1987 in French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Leys , Simon

Rickmans, Pierre.

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Ryckmans, Pierre, 1935-

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English (95)

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