Notes from the Hall of Uselessness

Notes from the Hall of Uselessness

by Simon Leys


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Notes from the Hall of Uselessness by Simon Leys

Simon Leys, novelist, unflinching cultural and political commentator, Sinologist, and occasional illustrator, presents here timely meditations on the experience and hazards of literary translation. Preceding his essay are observations on everything from demented tyrants to musical geniuses who gain insights from vacuum cleaners. Leys is rightly renowned for his wisdom, his insight, and his linguistic and literary expertise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780955889639
Publisher: Sylph Editions
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Series: Sylph Editions - Cahiers Series , #9
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Simon Leys (the pen-name of Pierre Ryckmans) is the bilingual author (French and English) of close to twenty books, which reflect his love of literature and art, his passion for the sea, and more specifically his interest in the painting, poetry and culture of China.

Table of Contents

      Dan Gunn

The Experience of Literary Translation
      Jiang Jie (translated by Simon Leys)
Immeasurable Pain
      Li Yu (translated by Arthur Waley)
On the Birth of his Son
      Su Dongpo (translated by Arthur Waley)


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