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Simon Leys Simon Leys i(A32990 works by)
Writing name for: Pierre Ryckmans
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Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2004 International Awards Prix Femina (France) Femina du Centenaire The Femina du Centenaire award was created specifically for the centenary year of the prize.

Awards for Works

The Hall of Uselessness 2011 selected work essay 'An essential collection of essays from an eminent critic.

'Simon Leys' cultural and political commentary has spanned four decades, with no corner of the arts escaping his sharp eye and acerbic wit. The Hall of Uselessness forms the most complete collection yet of Leys' fascinating essays, from Quixotism to China, from the sea to literature.

'Leys feuds with Christopher Hitchens, ponders the popularity of Victor Hugo and analyses the posthumous publication of Nabokov's unfinished novel. He offers valuable insights into Mao's Cultural Revolution and the Khmer Rouge, and discusses Orwell, Waugh and Confucius. He considers the intertwined nature of Chinese art, culture and history alongside the joys and difficulties of literary translation. The Hall of Uselessness is an illuminating compendium from a brilliant and highly acclaimed writer - a long-time resident of Australia who is truly a global citizen. (From the publisher's website.)
2012 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2012 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Non-Fiction
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