Simon Leys

Belgian-Australian writer, sinologist and essayist

1935   -   2014

country of citizenship: Belgium
language of expression: French
educated at: Catholic University of Louvain
occupation: university teacher, linguist, translator, essayist, sinologist, poet lawyer, literary critic, writer
award received: Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, Prix Renaudot of essay, Prix Femina, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres‎, Jean Walter Prize, Prix Stanislas Julien

Pierre Ryckmans (28 September 1935 – 11 August 2014), better known by his pen name Simon Leys, was a Belgian-Australian writer, essayist and literary critic, translator, art historian, sinologist, and university professor, who had been living in Australia since 1970. His work particularly focused on the politics and traditional culture of China, calligraphy, French and English literature, the commercialization of universities, and nautical fiction. Through the publication of his trilogy Les Habits neufs du président Mao (1971), Ombres chinoises (1974) and Images brisées (1976), he was one of the first intellectuals to denounce the Cultural Revolution in China and the idolizing of Mao in the West.
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Les Habits neufs du président Mao

book by Pierre Ryckmans

author: Simon Leys


Essais sur la Chine

book by Pierre Ryckmans

author: Simon Leys


Chinese Shadows

book by Pierre Ryckmans writing as Simon Leys

author: Simon Leys


Les Naufragés du Batavia

book by Pierre Ryckmans

author: Simon Leys


Orwell Ou L'horreur De La Politique

author: Simon Leys

Les idées des autres

author: Simon Leys

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