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The hall of uselessness : collected essays, Simon Leys

Label
The hall of uselessness : collected essays
Title
The hall of uselessness
Title remainder
collected essays
Statement of responsibility
Simon Leys
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
"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 André 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."--Page 4 of cover
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
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1935-2014
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Leys, Simon
Dewey number
824/.914
Index
index present
LC call number
AC25
LC item number
.L53 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New York Review Books classics
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  • Essays
  • Essays
Label
The hall of uselessness : collected essays, Simon Leys
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: Collingwood, Vic. : Black Inc., 2011
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 513-562) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Quixotism. The imitation of our Lord Don Quixote -- An empire of ugliness -- Lies that tell the truth -- Literature. The prince of Ligne, or the eighteenth century incarnate -- Balzac -- Victor Hugo -- Victor Segalen revisited through his complete correspondence -- Chesterton: the poet who dances with a hundred legs -- Portrait of Proteus: a little abc of Andre Gide -- Malraux -- The intimate Orwell -- Terror of Babel: Evelyn Waugh -- The truth of Simenon -- The Belgianness of Henri Michaux -- The sins of the son: the posthumous publication of Nabokov's unfinished novel -- Cunning like a hedgehog -- The experience of literary translation -- On readers' rewards and writers' awards -- Writers and money -- Overtures -- China. The Chinese attitude towards the past -- One more art: Chinese calligraphy -- An introduction to Confucius -- Poetry and painting: aspects of Chinese classical aesthetics -- Ethics and aesthetics: the Chinese lesson -- Orientalism and Sinology -- The China experts -- The wake of an empty boat: Zhou Enlai -- Aspects of Mao Zedong -- The art of interpreting non-existent inscriptions written in invisible ink on a blank page -- The curse of the man who could see the little fish at the bottom of the ocean -- The Cambodian genocide -- Anatomy of a "Post-Totalitarian" dictatorship: the essays of Liu Xiaobo on China today -- The sea. Foreword to the sea in French literature -- In the wake of Magellan -- Richard Henry Dana and his Two years before the mast -- University. An idea of the university -- -- A fable from academe -- Marginalia. I prefer reading -- A way of living -- Tell them I said something -- Detours -- Memento Mori
Control code
ocn798058855
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
572 pages
Isbn
9781590176207
Lccn
2012044121
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022546580
System control number
(OCoLC)798058855
Label
The hall of uselessness : collected essays, Simon Leys
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: Collingwood, Vic. : Black Inc., 2011
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 513-562) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Quixotism. The imitation of our Lord Don Quixote -- An empire of ugliness -- Lies that tell the truth -- Literature. The prince of Ligne, or the eighteenth century incarnate -- Balzac -- Victor Hugo -- Victor Segalen revisited through his complete correspondence -- Chesterton: the poet who dances with a hundred legs -- Portrait of Proteus: a little abc of Andre Gide -- Malraux -- The intimate Orwell -- Terror of Babel: Evelyn Waugh -- The truth of Simenon -- The Belgianness of Henri Michaux -- The sins of the son: the posthumous publication of Nabokov's unfinished novel -- Cunning like a hedgehog -- The experience of literary translation -- On readers' rewards and writers' awards -- Writers and money -- Overtures -- China. The Chinese attitude towards the past -- One more art: Chinese calligraphy -- An introduction to Confucius -- Poetry and painting: aspects of Chinese classical aesthetics -- Ethics and aesthetics: the Chinese lesson -- Orientalism and Sinology -- The China experts -- The wake of an empty boat: Zhou Enlai -- Aspects of Mao Zedong -- The art of interpreting non-existent inscriptions written in invisible ink on a blank page -- The curse of the man who could see the little fish at the bottom of the ocean -- The Cambodian genocide -- Anatomy of a "Post-Totalitarian" dictatorship: the essays of Liu Xiaobo on China today -- The sea. Foreword to the sea in French literature -- In the wake of Magellan -- Richard Henry Dana and his Two years before the mast -- University. An idea of the university -- -- A fable from academe -- Marginalia. I prefer reading -- A way of living -- Tell them I said something -- Detours -- Memento Mori
Control code
ocn798058855
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
572 pages
Isbn
9781590176207
Lccn
2012044121
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022546580
System control number
(OCoLC)798058855

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