A French-language writer, literary critic, and winner from the Prix mondial Del Duca, he’s best known from the pseudonym of Simon Leys. His functions include Chinese language Shadows, Analects of Confucius, and Orwell, ou l’horreur de la politique. He researched law in the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He was a Teacher of Chinese Research in the College or university of Sydney from 1987-1993. He was raised in Brussels, Belgium. He resided in Hong Kong before eventually settling in Australia. His 1986 book, The Loss of life of Napoleon, was the foundation for Alan Taylor’s 2001 film, The Emperor’s New Clothing.