Geremie R. Barmé was the Founding Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University and is the Editor of China Heritage. His books include The Forbidden City (Wonders of the World) and An Artistic Exile: A Life of Feng Zikai (1897–1975).
 (June 2018)

IN THE REVIEW

One Decent Man

Pierre Ryckmans, who wrote under the name Simon Leys, on the Great Wall of China, 1955

Simon Leys: Navigator Between Worlds

by Philippe Paquet, translated from the French by Julie Rose
The thought of hearing back from Simon Leys filled me with dread. It was late 1976 and I was an exchange student at a university in Shenyang, in northeast China. I’d only recently learned that Pierre Ryckmans, the man who had taught me Chinese, was none other than Simon Leys, …