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René Leys

Written by Victor SegalenAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Victor Segalen
Preface by Ian BurumaAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Ian Buruma
Translated by J.A. UnderwoodAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by J.A. Underwood

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In this entrancing story of spiritual adventure, a Westerner in Peking seeks the mystery at the heart of the Forbidden City. He takes as a tutor in Chinese the young Belgian René Leys, who claims to be in the know about strange goings-on in the Imperial Palace: love affairs, family quarrels, conspiracies that threaten the very existence of the empire. But whether truth-teller or trickster, the elusive and ever-charming René presents his increasingly dazzled disciple with a visionary glimpse of "an essential palace built upon the most magnificent foundations."
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"Strange and memorable...Segalen had seen the truth in his lies and has left them this beautiful endorsement." --The Japan Times

"An allegorical novel of Being [that] beneath the mask of irony Segalen poured into this book all the anguish of man in thrall to his limitations...this is the novel of the Impossibility of Knowing." --Henri Bouillier

  • René Leys by Victor Segalen
  • July 31, 2003
  • Fiction
  • NYRB Classics
  • $14.00
  • 9781590170410

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