On Thursday, October 11th, at UIC, we will have a rare opportunity to meet and talk to Marek Bieńczyk, one of the most accomplished Polish writers. Bieńczyk is the recipient of many literary awards, including the NIKE Prize (2012), the most prestigious Polish literary honor and a medal of merit bestowed by the French Republic. Besides the novelistic oeuvre, there are a lot of translations from French on his dossier, from Camus to Cioran, from Barthes to Kundera, as well as collections of essays on melancholy and related topics. Himself an eminent professor of Polish literature at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Bieńczyk also penned two books for children. Last, but not least, it should be mentioned that Marek Bieńczyk has been a pioneer of literary enology in Poland, contributing to leading wine venues as a writer and successfully trying his hand (or should I say mouth) in a challenging art of professional blind tasting.
For further biographical and critical reference see: https://culture.pl/en/artist/marek-bienczyk
At UIC, Marek Bieńczyk will be discussing his book Przezroczystość, which was published as Transparency by Dalkey Archive in 2012) as his second book translated into English after Tworki (2008). Milan Kundera wrote about Transparency what follows:
‘These lovely pages, in which the essay brushes up against fiction, offer us more than a historical and philosophical study, but a truly existential and thus novelistic, investigation of transparency. It’s a delight.”
The event will take place in the UIC Library Conference Room, 1-470, 801 S. Morgan St., on October 11th, beginning at 4 PM. Light refreshments will be served. The conversation will be held in Polish with consecutive translation into English.
Please mark your calendars and come to meet one of the most original Polish writers.
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