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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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Paris Photo 2019

Paris Photo 2019

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Paris Photo is the most important art fair dedicated entirely to photography. The event attracts thousands of visitors as well as hundreds of galleries and artists. We present you with our selection of photos from this year’s 23rd edition of the Paris photography fair.
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I Lost a Friend
archives

I Lost a Friend
On the Death of a Four-Pawed Companion

Reading / society
Dogs are more than man’s best friend – they teach us something about each other, too. One of our authors laments a loss in this article from the 1960 edition of “Przekrój”. Jan Stoberski
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It Should Be OK.

It Should Be OK.

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Young people occupy an extraordinary place in the history of Września. They were the heroes of the Września children strike that later became a symbol of young people’s struggle for freedom – of the individual and the nation alike. Almost 120 years after those events took place, photographer Zuza Krajewska was invited to create this year’s edition of the Września Collection project. The artist decided to take a closer look at the contemporary generation of young Poles from Września.
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The Art of Translation with Ursula Phillips

The Art of Translation with Ursula Phillips
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Ursula Phillips speaks with Valdemar about being a Slavic librarian, the inherent compromises of translation, and wrestling with Adam Mickiewicz. Ernest Valdemar
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Izaak Feldwurm’s Manuscript
short story

Izaak Feldwurm’s Manuscript

Reading / literature
In this excerpt from one of Piotr Paziński’s short stories, Pan Abram leads a mysterious search for a lost literary manuscript and its legendary author in what was once the heart of Jewish Warsaw, characterized by its ‘Bird Streets’. Piotr Paziński

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The Trouble with Too Many Bodies

The Trouble with Too Many Bodies
Contemporary Cemetery Solutions

Reading / society
As the global population continues to grow, an uncomfortable question arises: where do we find the space to continue storing the deceased? Paulina Wilk
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Zbigniew
Libera

Without End

Reading / feuilleton
Death is, of course, an intangible concept while we are living, yet we seem to distance ourselves from even talking about it.
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2nd November 1848

2nd November 1848
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe was in a decidely bad place. With a string of successful literary works behind him, what exactly was causing the writer’s melancholia? Adam Węgłowski
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Reconciliation by Light

Reconciliation by Light
On All Saints’ Day and Death

Reading / society
The Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day is not usually practised in the Anglosphere. But for Poles (and others in Central and Eastern Europe), it is an important holiday that puts death in its place and looks towards life. Paulina Olszanka

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The Various Incarnations of Reincarnation

The Various Incarnations of Reincarnation
Is There Life After Death?

Reading / society
A belief in metempsychosis (or the transmigration of souls) has held popular appeal across many cultures – both ancient and modern; through Judeo-Christian and Dharmic religions. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death

10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death

Reading / science
If you don't want to know anything about your death, consider this your spoiler warning. Kevin Dickinson/Big Think

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The Sloven
short story

The Sloven

Reading / literature
Woe betide the train passengers if The Sloven strikes them. This sweaty, grimy demon always heralds disaster. Will it appear again today on the route to Gron? We present a chilling story, written by the father of Polish fantasy, Stefan Grabiński. Stefan Grabiński
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The Art of Translation with Miroslaw Lipinski

The Art of Translation with Miroslaw Lipinski
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Miroslaw Lipinski speaks with Valdemar about his conversations with (the long-deceased) Grabiński, his love for trains, and returning as Tarzan in a future life. Ernest Valdemar

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A Watchman over Forgotten Lines

A Watchman over Forgotten Lines
Stefan Grabiński’s “The Motion Demon”

Reading / culture
The supernatural prose of Stefan Grabiński reveals a plethora of earthbound horror that is right before our eyes. This is particularly apparent in his collection of railway-themed uncanny tales, “The Motion Demon”. Sam Pulham
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November in History

November in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of November. Adam Węgłowski

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The Evil Continent

The Evil Continent
Catastrophes, Witchcraft, and (Un)Happy Islands at the Istanbul Biennial

Reading / culture
Do we already belong to a lost civilization, although we do not yet know it? Does President Erdoğan have any painting talent? Will the seventh continent become the new Pangea? And what does the contemporary art world think about all of this? Stach Szabłowski
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Death, or a Cannonball Jump

Death, or a Cannonball Jump
An Innocent Discussion about Death

Reading / society
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, Ewa Pawlik talks to Lu and her friends about that ever-so-autumnal subject: death. Ewa Pawlik

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The Dilemma of an Electron

The Dilemma of an Electron
Do Elementary Particles Have Consciousness?

Reading / science
Panpsychists believe that everything, no matter how small, has consciousness. This micro-perspective extends to the most fundamental level of physics. Łukasz Lamża
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Unspecified Bodies in Movement

Unspecified Bodies in Movement
The Life of Carlo Mollino

Reading / society
The Italian architect Carlo Mollino lived a long life where he pursued many passions. He designed a number of extraordinary buildings in his native Turin, as well as finding time to create a collection of Polaroid nudes and bring to life a record-breaking sports car. Zygmunt Borawski

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Cassandra ’72

Cassandra ’72
Were the Predictions of World3 Accurate?

Reading / science
Almost 50 years ago, the World3 computer program at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that a rapid collapse of global civilization would begin around 2040. Was it right, after all? Łukasz Kaniewski
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Lola van der W.

Lola van der W.

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Wojtek Wieteska is trying to understand the psychology of the portrayed girl by playing with the reproduction that he “takes” on real trips around the world. He exercises the capacity of van der Weyden’s image, designing new “versions” of the model and by extension – her personality.
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How to Feed a Dictator
Non-Fiction

How to Feed a Dictator
Saddam and the Koftas

Reading / literature
In this exclusive excerpt from Witold Szabłowski’s upcoming book “How to Feed a Dictator”, a former chef of Saddam Hussein recalls the day that the late dictator cooked him koftas on his boat… with near-disastrous results. Witold Szabłowski
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A Lesson in Wonder

A Lesson in Wonder
The Life of Rachel Carson

Reading / culture
In 1962, the marine biologist Rachel Carson published her seminal book on the ecological effects of pesticides, “Silent Spring”. As a result, she advanced the global environmental movement, but was unfairly discredited by her political opponents. Julia Fiedorczuk

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Venus in Childbirth

Venus in Childbirth
Classic Nudes of Art History

Reading / culture
The naked female body has long been painted, drawn and sculpted throughout history, in both secular and religious art. What role did it once play? Anna Arno
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Escape to the Apocalypse

Escape to the Apocalypse
Our Obsession with the End Times

Reading / society
Abrahamic eschatology teaches us that the end of the world is coming. Maybe that’s why we’re so captivated by catastrophe in the West. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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I Am Just the Monkey, Not the Organ Grinder

I Am Just the Monkey, Not the Organ Grinder
Antonia Lloyd-Jones on Olga Tokarczuk’s Nobel Prize

Reading / culture
“I am just the monkey, not the organ grinder. And I am one of very many monkeys, and a very small one at that,” says Antonia Lloyd-Jones (who has translated three novels by Olga Tokarczuk) when asked about the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018. Mikołaj Gliński
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Confession
Poematic

Confession

Reading / literature
“They shriek and compete / for who has the most sins.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Krystyna Dąbrowska

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Gone, but not Dead

Gone, but not Dead
“Przekrój” Remembers Bohdan Butenko

Reading / culture
On 14th October 2019, the illustrator, drawer and graphic artist Bohdan Butenko passed away. We remember this Master, who regularly contributed to our pages in his later years. Joanna Domańska
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Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell

Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell

Reading / culture
A brief summary for those of you who haven’t read the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 winner’s books until the very end. Grzegorz Uzdański

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Franco’s Black Pearls
short story

Franco’s Black Pearls

Reading / literature
A century or so ago, Vilnius was a very different place to today. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė takes us on a trip past the streets and characters of the city once known as Wilno, in this excerpt from her collection of stories about modern Lithuania’s capital. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė
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Heliography

Heliography

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In Heliography, Nicolas Grospierre's new body of works, the photographer abandons oneof his favourite topics, architecture, to deliver works that could be seen as the antithesis ofCartier Bressons's concept of "decisive moment".
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Why After All This One and Not the Rest?

Why After All This One and Not the Rest?
Wisława Szymborska’s Extraordinary Postcards

Reading / culture
Wisława Szymborska is mostly known across the world for her poetry. Yet the Nobel Prize winner had another talent up her sleeve - since the 1970s, she’d been making witty collages pasted to postcards. Adam Zdrodowski
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A Beach at the End of the World

A Beach at the End of the World
The Unabashed Emotion of “Sun & Sea (Marina)”

Reading / culture
This year’s Venice Biennale Golden Lion winner came from the Lithuanian pavilion. The piece in question – an opera-performance on an artificial beach – encapsulates all the empathy and emotion that each of us might feel towards a world on its way to disaster. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė

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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? (audio)

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

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. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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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
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)

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Kriya Yoga seminars are constantly organized in Europe and across the world. One of them will be held in Poland this autumn. During the weekend seminar, participants will learn the five-fold path of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. Read by Konstancja Dangel.

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Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee

Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Reading / society
Bruce Lee’s philosophy was borne primarily of Western sources, especially the American counterculture. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony

How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Magazine / society
On the 46th anniversary of his death, we consider the brief but remarkable life of Bruce Lee. Piotr Żelazny
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)

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Women’s football thrived at British filling factories during World War I, attracting incredible crowds. Yet a few years after the war, women were banned from playing the sport. Original publication by Piotr Żelazny. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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The Speedy and the Sneaky
sports

The Speedy and the Sneaky
An Interview with Bartosz Molik

Magazine / society
Bartosz Molik, a coach of the Polish wheelchair basketball team, talks about doping at the Paralympic Games. Andrzej Kula

Video

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

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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Professor Filutek, part 44

Professor Filutek, part 44

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Holiday photo.
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Professor Filutek, part 43

Professor Filutek, part 43

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Professor Filutek takes a shortcut.
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Professor Filutek, part 42

Professor Filutek, part 42

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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
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Professor Filutek, part 41

Professor Filutek, part 41

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Attention! A May Day picnic message from Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 40

Professor Filutek, part 40

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Professor Filutek’s lepidopterological passion.
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Professor Filutek, part 38

Professor Filutek, part 38

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A new look for Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 37

Professor Filutek, part 37

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Professor Filutek learns to drive a plough.