MAREK BIEŃCZYK (b. 1956, Poland) is the winner of NIKE Literary Award, the most prestigious award for Polish literature,. He is the author of fiction and essays, a historian of literature, and a translator from French (for books by Milan Kundera, Roland Barthes, Emil Cioran, and others). Bieńczyk is the author of two novels, Terminal (1994) and the award-winning Tworki (1999), and the essay collections: Dürer’s Eyes–On Romantic Melancholy (2002), Transparency (2007), and Face Book (2011, Nike Award). His works have been translated into English, French, Spanish, German, Russian and Bulgarian. He lives in Poland.