Vale Pierre Ryckmans (Simon Leys)

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Pierre Ryckmans.

Pierre Ryckmans, whose pen-name was Simon Leys, 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 to 1993.

His writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, Le Monde, Le Figaro Littéraire, Quadrant and The Monthly, and his books include The Hall of Uselessness, The Death of NapoleonOther People’s Thoughts and The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper.

In 1996 he delivered the ABC’s Boyer Lectures. His many awards include the Prix Renaudot, the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, the Prix Guizot and the Christina Stead Prize for fiction.

He was a giant of Australian letters and will be greatly missed. 

The Monthly is proud to have worked with him, and we offer our deepest condolences to his loved ones.

 

By Simon Leys:

THE SINS OF THE SON
Vladimir Nabokov's 'The Original of Laura: A Novel in Fragments'

THE CAMBODIAN GENOCIDE
Francis Deron's 'The Trial of the Khmer Rouge'

IN THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN
The Voyage of Globalisation’s Forefather

LIES THAT TELL THE TRUTH
The paradox of art and creative writing

MEMENTO MORI

TELL THEM I SAID SOMETHING

 

(Books by Simon Leys - Black Inc)

Read on

Image from ‘The Insult’

The personal is political in ‘The Insult’

Ziad Doueiri’s tense film excavates Lebanon’s violent past

Image from ‘A Star Is Born’

Lady Gaga mesmerises in the uneven ‘A Star Is Born’

After a beguiling first act, director Bradley Cooper struggles to maintain momentum

Image of ‘The Arsonist’ by Chloe Hooper

The Detectives

Inside the hunt for the Black Saturday arsonist – an extract

Image of Sydney Opera House

Promo ScoMo and commodifying public space

The crass commercialism of last week’s promotion on the Opera House was a step too far


×
×