Milan Kundera on Marek Bienczyk'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 Bienczyk 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 velistic, investigation of transparency. It's a delight. Drawing on all his resources as a velist, cultural critic, and scholar, Marek Bienczyk 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 vel, Transparency is a gorgeous revelation--about our never-ending need for revelation.