Simon Leys writes in French and English; one of his French novels The Death of Napoleon was translated by ISFAR committee member Patricia Clancy. Black Inc has just published his book ‘The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays’.
The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays
AUTHOR: SIMON LEYS
THE ESSENTIAL WORK OF AN EMINENT CRITIC. Simon Leys' cultural and political commentary has long been legendary for its profundity and acerbic wit. In *The Hall of Uselessness* his most significant essays are finally gathered together, on subjects ranging from China to Orwell, from Quixotism to the sea. Leys feuds with Christopher Hitchens, ponders the popularity of Victor Hugo and analyses whether Nabokov's unfinished novel should ever have been published. He dissects Mao's Cultural Revolution and the Khmer Rouge, and discusses Waugh, Simenon and Confucius. He considers Chinese art, culture and politics, the joys and difficulties of literary translation and the fate of the university. *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.
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