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'An award-winning biography of one of the greats.

'Simon Leys is the pen-name of Pierre Ryckmans, who was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970. He taught Chinese literature at the Australian National University and was Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 to 1993. He died in 2014.

'Writing in three languages – French, Chinese and English – he played an important political role in revealing the true nature of the Cultural Revolution. His writing on China and on varied literary and cultural topics appeared regularly in the New York Review of Books, Le Monde, Le Figaro Littéraire, Quadrant and the Monthly, and his books include The Hall of Uselessness, The Death of Napoleon, Other People’s Thoughts and The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper. In 1996 he delivered the ABC’s Boyer Lectures. His many awards include the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Mondial Cino Del Duca, the Prix Guizot and the Christina Stead Prize for fiction.

'This substantial biography – recently published by Gallimard in France to wide acclaim and winning an award from the Académie Francaise – draws on extensive correspondence with Ryckmans, as well as his unpublished writings. It has been translated by an internationally renowned French translator Julie Rose (based in Sydney).' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Simon Leys : Navigateur Entre Les Mondes
Language: French
    • Paris,
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      France,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Gallimard ,
      2016 .
      image of person or book cover 1156382659035516373.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 672p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 18 February 2016

      ISBN: 9782070149278, 9782070149278

Works about this Work

'In Springtime the Dragon Is Useless : An Exhaustive Biography of Pierre Ryckmans Ian Donaldson , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 400 2018; (p. 22, 24)

'The Belgian-born scholar Pierre Ryckmans, more widely known to the world by his adopted name of Simon Leys, was widely hailed in the Australian press at his death in 2014 as ‘one of the most distinguished public intellectuals’ of his adopted country, where he had lived and taught for many years – first in Canberra, later in Sydney – and where, after a titanic battle with the Belgian bureaucracy, he chose shortly before his death to become a naturalised citizen.' (Introduction)

Critically Aware Geordie Williamson , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25 November 2017; (p. 16)

— Review of Simon Leys : Navigator between Worlds Philippe Paquet , 2016 single work biography

'In 1953 when Pierre Ryckmans, better known to the literary world under his pen name Simon Leys, was 18, he crewed for a time on a fishing trawler in Icelandic waters. Soon afterwards he undertook a solo trip by foot through remote villages in the Congo. Between university studies in art history, philosophy and law in Belgium, he travelled to China and met Zhou Enlai, first premier of the People’s Republic of China.' (Introduction)

Simon Leys, Navigator between Worlds – a Unique Australian Intellectual Anne Elizabeth McLaren , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 13 November 2017;

'For many Australians who studied Chinese language in the 1970s and 1980s (including this reviewer), Pierre Ryckmans (also known by his nom-de-plume, Simon Leys), was an inspirational teacher with a legendary mastery of Chinese and a passionate love of traditional Chinese art and literature.' (Introduction)

Critically Aware Geordie Williamson , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25 November 2017; (p. 16)

— Review of Simon Leys : Navigator between Worlds Philippe Paquet , 2016 single work biography

'In 1953 when Pierre Ryckmans, better known to the literary world under his pen name Simon Leys, was 18, he crewed for a time on a fishing trawler in Icelandic waters. Soon afterwards he undertook a solo trip by foot through remote villages in the Congo. Between university studies in art history, philosophy and law in Belgium, he travelled to China and met Zhou Enlai, first premier of the People’s Republic of China.' (Introduction)

Simon Leys, Navigator between Worlds – a Unique Australian Intellectual Anne Elizabeth McLaren , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 13 November 2017;

'For many Australians who studied Chinese language in the 1970s and 1980s (including this reviewer), Pierre Ryckmans (also known by his nom-de-plume, Simon Leys), was an inspirational teacher with a legendary mastery of Chinese and a passionate love of traditional Chinese art and literature.' (Introduction)

'In Springtime the Dragon Is Useless : An Exhaustive Biography of Pierre Ryckmans Ian Donaldson , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 400 2018; (p. 22, 24)

'The Belgian-born scholar Pierre Ryckmans, more widely known to the world by his adopted name of Simon Leys, was widely hailed in the Australian press at his death in 2014 as ‘one of the most distinguished public intellectuals’ of his adopted country, where he had lived and taught for many years – first in Canberra, later in Sydney – and where, after a titanic battle with the Belgian bureaucracy, he chose shortly before his death to become a naturalised citizen.' (Introduction)

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