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Leys, Simon 1935-2014

Overview
Works: 85 works in 311 publications in 6 languages and 7,243 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction  Quotations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Juvenile works  Sacred books  Illustrated works  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, Editor, Other, Interviewee, Composer
Classifications: PL2478, 181.1
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The wisdom of Confucius by Confucius( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and French and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through ethical debate, defining for ages to come the public mission of the intellectual
The burning forest : essays on Chinese culture and politics by Simon Leys( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of Napoleon by Simon Leys( Book )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 694 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 )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wreck of the Batavia by Simon Leys( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 266 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
The hall of uselessness : collected essays by Simon Leys( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 208 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
La forêt en feu : essais sur la culture et la politique chinoises by Simon Leys( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 1988 in French and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 163 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
L'humeur, l'honneur, l'horreur : essais sur la culture et la politique chinoises by Simon Leys( Book )

10 editions published in 1991 in French and English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

19 editions published between 1971 and 1989 in French and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orwell, ou, L'horreur de la politique by Simon Leys( Book )

3 editions published between 1984 and 2006 in French and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

11 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in French and held by 104 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 60 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
La mer dans la littérature française by Simon Leys( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in French and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With Stendhal by Simon Leys( Book )

7 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 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Protée et autres essais by Simon Leys( Book )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in French and held by 41 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
Other people's thoughts( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ʻA book is a mirror; if an ape looks into it, an apostle is hardly likely to look out.' -G.C. Lichtenberg'The desire to go into politics is usually indicative of some sort of personality disorder, and it is precisely those who want power most that should be kept furthest from it.' -Arthur Koestler 'Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.' -ThoreauIn this wonderfully entertaining collection of quotations, Simon Leys gathers insights and bons mots from a motley group of great artists, wits and thinkers. Topics range from ambition and adventure to youth, sex, time, toads, wine, faith
 
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The wisdom of Confucius
Alternative Names

controlled identityRyckmans, Pierre

Leys , Simon

Leys, Simon pseud

Rickmans, Pierre

Ryckmans, Pierre

Ryckmans, Pierre, 1935-

Ryckmans, Pierre 1935-2014

Languages
English (105)

French (101)

Spanish (4)

Chinese (3)

Dutch (2)

German (1)

Covers
The death of NapoleonThe wreck of the BataviaThe hall of uselessness : collected essaysWith StendhalOther people's thoughts