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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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One Happy Family
Eastern blocks

One Happy Family
Life on a Dnipro Housing Estate

Reading / society
In the second instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Tetiana Shataieva, a Ukrainian journalist who grew up on a housing estate in Dnipro, remembers how her neighbours always looked out for each other. Tetiana Shataieva

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A Life in Song

A Life in Song
The Tempestuous Music of Violeta Parra

Magazine / culture
The singer-songwriter Violeta Parra pioneered the renewal of traditional folk music in her native Chile. She left behind a number of albums, as well as a trail of heartbreak. Aleksandra Lipczak
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A New Year from an Old World

A New Year from an Old World
Stepping Into a Decade of Hope

Magazine / society
The year 1989 was especially significant for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. We take a look at the prognoses “Przekrój” made in our final issue of the 1980s. Ewa Pawlik

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A Subversive Master of Earnestness

A Subversive Master of Earnestness
Marina Abramović Returns to Belgrade

Reading / culture
Marina Abramović has finally returned to her hometown Belgrade with the retrospective exhibition “The Cleaner”. How does the performance artist’s legacy resonate in the city that she has largely left behind? Ana Uzelac

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On the New Zealand Trail

On the New Zealand Trail
Hiking Through Te Araroa

Reading / society
New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail stretches 3000 kilometres, across both the North Island and South Island. It’s a physical challenge, but one that is also spiritually rewarding. Paweł Janeczek
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

The World Can Be Changed

Reading / feuilleton
True, it wasn’t us, but corporations that destroyed the Earth’s climate. Having said that, let’s start acting now, because there is no time to waste and no-one else will do it for us.
Czytaj
Cartoons

Cartoons

Marek Raczkowski's drawings
Discover what Polish humour is about. Check out Marek Raczkowski's cartoons translated by Marek Kazmierski.

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Obrazek
Joanna Grochocka
Artwork / Illustrations
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His Majesty the King of Cats
short story

His Majesty the King of Cats

Reading / literature
What is happiness? In this short story, a film critic searches for the answer to this evergreen question while recounting an anecdote about an Oscar-winning Polish director who seems very familiar... Wojciech Engelking

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2020: A Smog Odyssey
Mind the climate

2020: A Smog Odyssey
A Foreigner’s Perspective on Polish Smog

Reading / society
Poland has the dirtiest air in the European Union; this problem is particularly prominent in Warsaw and Kraków. It is so bad, that even an American resident of the Polish capital has taken note… Jonathan L. Ramsey
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"Smog Wars"
Mind the climate

"Smog Wars"

Media / Video
Here is a documentary about Poland's smog problem and the country's efforts to tackle it, directed by Jonathan L. Ramsey and produced by Michał Konopa.
Czytaj
Half For Me, Half For You

Half For Me, Half For You
An Interview with Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma

Reading / culture
Cinematographers Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma talk about "Honeyland", the beekeeping documentary they shot in North Macedonia, and which is hotly-tipped for Oscar success later this year. Dariusz Kuźma

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In the Service of Clouds

In the Service of Clouds
Painting the Skies

Magazine / culture
Art history is full of examples of painters inspired by the heavens – from the old masters to romanticism, clouds have long captured the artistic imagination. Anna Arno
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Fields of Good Energy

Fields of Good Energy
The Life of Soil in Winter

Magazine / society
Our writer makes a winter trip to Aleksandra and Mieczysław Babalski’s organic farm in the north of Poland to discover what happens when the soil is frozen over. Berenika Steinberg

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A Wild Boar Chase
sports

A Wild Boar Chase
Cross-Country Skiing from Morning to Night

Magazine / culture
Why go to the Alps when you can – snow permitting – take a cross-country skiing trip mere kilometres from where you live? Wojtek Antonów
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The Road to Freedom
sports

The Road to Freedom
An Interview with Michał Woroch

Magazine / society
Michał Woroch talks about his plans to trek the Himalayas in a wheelchair, his previous adventures in Mongolia and the Americas, and how he found the perfect madman partner for his travels. Wojtek Antonów

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The Nine-Mouthed River

The Nine-Mouthed River
Life in the Mekong Delta

Magazine / society
In southern Vietnam, a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands is home to 20 million people, most of whom rely on the water for their everyday activities and livelihoods. Yet newly-built dams and the imminent climate catastrophe could soon change all of this. Paulina Wilk
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Two Poems
Poematic

Two Poems

Reading / literature
“You impregnated me and I gave birth to pearls. / Authentic. Look.” Two poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) about an older woman’s Eros. Anna Świrszczyńska

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Two Poems

Reading / literature
The poetry of Anna Świrszczyńska – who practiced her art in communist Poland – is all the more remarkable for its unabashed and serious representation of femininity.
Opinion
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

For Free

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Madly, in All Directions

Ivan
Krastev
Read
Włodzimierz
Karol
Pessel
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel

Swept Up by Cultural Scholars

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2020: A Smog Odyssey
Mind the climate

2020: A Smog Odyssey
A Foreigner’s Perspective on Polish Smog

Reading / society
Poland has the dirtiest air in the European Union; this problem is particularly prominent in Warsaw and Kraków. It is so bad, that even an American resident of the Polish capital has taken note… Jonathan L. Ramsey
Zobacz
"Smog Wars"
Mind the climate

"Smog Wars"

Media / Video
Here is a documentary about Poland's smog problem and the country's efforts to tackle it, directed by Jonathan L. Ramsey and produced by Michał Konopa.
Czytaj
Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

The World Can Be Changed

Reading / feuilleton
True, it wasn’t us, but corporations that destroyed the Earth’s climate. Having said that, let’s start acting now, because there is no time to waste and no-one else will do it for us.
Zobacz
Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change
Mind the climate

Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Media / Video
All around us are magic machines that suck carbon out of the air, cost very little and build themselves. Trees – in all their gorgeous variety and spectacular beauty – can make a massive difference to the world, if we accept one condition: we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.
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The Lost Dream of the Future
Mind the climate

The Lost Dream of the Future
An Interview with Clive Hamilton

Magazine / society
Clive Hamilton talks about the importance of preparing for a harsher future, the role of big businesses in climate change denial, and why we must abandon the idea of endless progress. Agata Kasprolewicz
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A Political Weather Forecast
Mind the climate

A Political Weather Forecast
The Domino Effect of Climate

Magazine / society
History shows us that the weather is intrinsically connected with politics. More specifically, drastic changes in climate can lead to mass migration, instigating the collapse of old empires and the birth of new societies. Andrzej Krajewski
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You’ll See When the Rain Comes
Mind the climate

You’ll See When the Rain Comes
A Journey to the Source of the Nile

Magazine / society
The Nile river eventually flows into the Mediterranean Sea, but has more humble origins. One such source is the Blue Nile at Lake Tana in Ethiopia, where water can be in short supply for large parts of the year. Paulina Wilk
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What Can Greta Do?
Mind the climate

What Can Greta Do?
The Urgent Ascent of a Climate Activist

Magazine / society
Today, Greta Thunberg is an icon of the battle against global warming. The unassuming 16-year-old has brought impetus to a worldwide youth movement, but what comes next? Paulina Wilk

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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫
Listen to the audio

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫
Listen to the audio

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫

Media / Audio
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Original text by Marshall Govindan Satchidananda.
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Too Much Love ♫
Listen to the audio

Too Much Love ♫

Media / Audio
A young man’s corpse is found at an eighteenth birthday party. Is it a drug-related death, a suicide, or perhaps even a murder? A short story set in Warsaw.
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Watercolours Under a Spacesuit ♫
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Watercolours Under a Spacesuit ♫

Media / Audio
The Space Race was a secretive time for the Soviets. So secretive, that the cosmic spacecraft watercolours painted by the Russian architect Galina Balashova have been completely forgotten. Written by Konstanty Usenko.
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The Quest for Coloured Glass ♫
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The Quest for Coloured Glass ♫

Media / Audio
A childhood memory of coloured glass leads our writer to reflect on the nostalgic attachment to places, and the existential alienation of non-places. Written by Tomasz Stawiszyński.
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Women Who Know ♫
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Women Who Know ♫

Media / Audio
The Kashubia region in northern Poland is home to the country’s last generation of witches. These women use their powers to cure and help people, as the grand-niece of one such witch finds out. Original text by Stasia Budzisz.

Group 2

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The Happy Moments Trap
healthy living

The Happy Moments Trap
The Illusion of Retreats

Magazine / society
We often think of retreating to some secluded, distance place, full of heavenly peace. But behind such dreams often lie quite unheavenly motives. Adam Aduszkiewicz
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Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather
Healthy Living

Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather

Magazine / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the autumn months. Julia E.  Wahl
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫

Media / Audio
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Original text by Marshall Govindan Satchidananda.
Czytaj
Finding Peace Through Yoga

Finding Peace Through Yoga
A Way for Veterans to Combat Trauma

Reading / society
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana