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Simon Leys

Simon Leys is the pen name of the literary critic, essayist, historical novelist, and eminent sinologist Pierre Ryckmans. Born in Belgium in 1935, he settled in Australia in 1970 and was a professor of Chinese studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 to 1993. His works include "Chinese Shadows" (1977), "The Death of Napoleon" (1991), a new translation of the "Analects of Confucius" (1997), and "The Angel and the Octopus "(1999). A fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and a member...See more