Hall Of Uselessness: Collected Essays

Author(s): Simon Leys

Modern Thought

An NYRB Classics Original

Simon Leys is a Renaissance man for the era of globalization. A distinguished scholar of classical Chinese art and literature and one of the first Westerners to recognize the appalling toll of Mao's Cultural Revolution, Leys also writes with unfailing intelligence, seriousness, and bite about European art, literature, history, and politics and is an unflinching observer of the way we live now.

The Hall of Uselessness is the most extensive collection of Leys's essays to be published to date. In it, he addresses subjects ranging from the Chinese attitude to the past to the mysteries of Belgium and Belgitude; offers portraits of Andr Gide and Zhou Enlai; takes on Roland Barthes and Christopher Hitchens; broods on the Cambodian genocide; reflects on the spell of the sea; and writes with keen appreciation about writers as different as Victor Hugo, Evelyn Waugh, and Georges Simenon. Throughout, The Hall of Uselessness is marked with the deep knowledge, skeptical intelligence, and passionate conviction that have made Simon Leys one of the most powerful essayists of our time.

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Simon Leys is a writer, sinologist, essayist, literary critic and author of The Hall of Uselessness, Other People's Thoughts, The Death of Napoleon, The Wreck of the Batavia and Prosper.

General Fields

  • : 9781863955850
  • : Schwartz Publishing Pty, Limited
  • : Black Inc.
  • : 0.48
  • : November 2012
  • : 210mm X 135mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 464