Milan Kundera on Marek Bieńczyk’s Transparency: “The subject of transparency has always interested me; in The Art of the Novel I discussed it as one of the key words in my personal lexicon. Marek Bieńczyk is right to give it an entire book of its own: transparency remains one of the foundational concepts of today’s social imaginary, and its role never ceases to grow. These lovely pages, in which the essay brushes up against fiction, offer us more than an historical and philosophical study, but a truly existential, and thus novelistic, investigation of transparency. It’s a delight.” Drawing on all his resources as a novelist, cultural critic, and scholar, Marek Bieńczyk peels away the layers of our contemporary obsession with “transparency,” skipping across centuries and continents to piece together the genesis of our fears of deception and overexposure. Highly poignant, and transcending the genres of criticism, personal essay, and the metaphysical novel, Transparency is a gorgeous revelation—about our never-ending need for revelation.
Translated by Benjamin Paloff
Publication: Eastern European Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 256
List price: $14.95