The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys | Black Inc.

The Death of Napoleon: A Novella

Awards for The Death of Napoleon

  • Winner, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction: 1992 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
  • Winner, 1992 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

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About the author

Simon Leys

Simon Leys is the pen-name of Pierre Ryckmans, who was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970. He taught Chinese literature at the Australian National University and was Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 …

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Praise for The Death of Napoleon

‘His exquisite tale, a gem of a book, can be read as a parable on the folly of hero-worship, the perils of self-justifying notions of destiny and the vanity of all human striving.’ —Publisher's Weekly


‘An elegant and engaging piece of alternate history, gently tragic and wryly comic.’ —D. J. Enright, Times Literary Supplement

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