Simon Leys by Philippe Paquet | Black Inc.

Simon Leys: Navigator between Worlds

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About the author

Philippe Paquet is a Belgian journalist and sinologist. He was president of the Society of Editors of La Libre Belgique from 1997 to 2007. He is a lecturer at the Free University of Brussels and at the Higher …

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Praise for Simon Leys

‘Leys was a writer of great virtue and great competence; he was obscure mainly in the minds of those who think of writing in terms of the bestseller lists. He was read by good readers in many parts of the world, and this was, I would guess, exactly what he wanted. Will this biography make him less 'obscure'? I suspect that he would not have cared one way or the other; he would be serene about the matter. But for those of us who admire his daring, darting and capacious mind, I hope very much that it does.’ —Julian Barnes

‘Paquet, who is excellently served by Julie Rose’s exceptionally graceful translation, delivers a fascinating portrait of a man who was a mixture of Don Quixote, George Orwell, Mother Teresa and Confucius.’David Coward, The Times Literary Supplement