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The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays

Awards for The Hall of Uselessness

  • Shortlisted, 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

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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 Hall of Uselessness

‘Legendary for his profundity and wit, critic Simon Leys returns with a compendium of essays … all written sans intellectual pretension.’ —Limelight


‘Everyone knows the usefulness of what is useful, but few know the usefulness of what is useless.’ —Zhuang Zi

‘A rich and richly rewarding book’ —Sydney Morning Herald


‘Stylish prose free from intellectual pretension.’ —the Week


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