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The Wreck of the "Batavia"
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Simon Leys is the pen-name of Pierre Ryckmans, who was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970. Leys is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and Member of the Academie Royale de Literature Francaise (Belgium). His most recent award was the Prix Femina, and he has also been awarded the Prix Renaudot and the Prix Henri Gal (Academie Francaise). His works include Chinese Shadows (Viking,1977), a new translation of the Analects of Confucius (Norton, 1997) and The Death of Napoleon (Picador, 1991) won the prestigious Christina Stead Prize for fiction, and was recently made into a feature film starring Ian Holm.
THE WRECK OF THE BATAVIA will be simultaneously published in the U.K. by Grove Atlantic and in Australia by Black Inc.

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