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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!

About Przekrój

“Przekrój” – A lightly-put magazine that observes the world with a kind and playful eye

“Przekrój” (pronounced ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is a magazine about society and culture that entertains and discusses subjects of universal value, standing aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news.

What is our story?

We are the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland, operating since 1945. “Przekrój”’s matchless literary style and lively visual charm were created thanks to continuous collaboration with the avant-garde of Polish intellectuals, writers, poets, artists and cartoonists. They crafted the unrivalled “Przekrój” style and unique quality of the magazine, valued by millions of readers. Back in the day, “Przekrój” was the birthplace of writers such as Wisława Szymborska, Sławomir Mrożek, Stanisław Lem and Czesław Miłosz.

During the period when Poland was behind the Iron Curtain, “Przekrój” provided a perspective of the world that was broader than Poles would otherwise have had in those years. The magazine accustomed readers not only in Poland, but also in other Eastern Bloc countries, with the latest trends in fashion, abstract art and contemporary Western literature. Because of that, the magazine was often described metaphorically as ‘a window to the world’.

Who are we today?

Revived in December 2016 as a quarterly, the new “Przekrój” brings back to life the tradition of the magazine from the years 1945–1968, when the magazine’s founder, the intellectual Marian Eile, was the editor-in-chief. Today, “Przekrój” exists to entertain, to encourage interest in the complex relation of the individual with society and culture, to raise important subjects in a thorough yet light manner, and to speak of the world with respect to the variety of its ‘truths’ and dimensions.

Nowadays, “Przekrój” can be found not only in Polish newsstands, but also online at przekroj.pl. The magazine’s entire archives from the years 1945–2000 are also available on the internet, free of charge, at https://przekroj.pl/en/archive/issues.

As of May 2019, the magazine also has an online English edition at przekroj.pl/en, bringing the international reader the best of “Przekrój”’s inimitable journalism, cutting across East and West, generations and cultures, philosophies of life and aesthetic senses. 

What do we publish?

“Przekrój” publishes journalistic articles and reportages on society and culture, alongside pieces reflecting on a variety of arts – often focused around the vibrant Central European region, but also looking further afield. The magazine features interviews with philosophers, sociologists, and other interesting figures, like Noam Chomsky, Steven Pinker, Martha Nussbaum, Anthony Giddens, Daniel Dennett, Tanya Luhrmann, Michael Pollan, Eva Illouz, Jim Carrey, J. K. Simmons and John Oliver, among others.

“Przekrój” carries thought-provoking commentaries on big questions (such as global warming, wellbeing and conscious living), but also on lighter everyday issues. As a cultural beacon in Central Europe, the magazine is home to a range of fiction from neighbouring countries, including excerpts of larger works, and works in translation. It also publishes distinctive cartoons, and has a multimedia section offering videos, photo reportages, and audio versions of some articles.

Who do we publish?

With the never-decreasing ambition of bringing to its readers the best of what contemporary art and culture have to offer today, “Przekrój” publishes stories by well-known international and Polish writers. In December 2018, it published a previously-unknown short story by Stanisław Lem, “The Hunt”, discovered in the writer’s archives. It was the first European publication to release one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last unpublished stories, released in the US in 2017. The magazine has also showcased pieces from upcoming titles by Meir Shalev, Ottessa Moshfegh, Lucia Berlin, Mariana Enriquez and László Krasznahorkai, to name a few.

What is PRZEKRÓJ Foundation?

At the end of 2018, “Przekrój” became part of a larger entity – PRZEKRÓJ Foundation, whose broad nonprofit mission is to preserve the artistic and literary legacy of the magazine. The foundation continues the lifework of “Przekrój” magazine’s founders by reviving and promoting the heritage of the magazine into the cultural life of Poland and beyond in many areas, such as arts, literature and education. Thus, PRZEKRÓJ Foundation’s aim is to establish itself as a uniquely equipped cultural organization, cultivating and growing the value of “Przekrój”’s inimitable worldview as Poland’s cultural heritage. The Foundation inspires and creates cultural events in Poland and abroad.

What is PRZEKRÓJ Foundation’s mission?

PRZEKRÓJ Foundation was established in 2018 on the initiative of Tomek Niewiadomski. The Foundation grew out of Poland’s oldest magazine about society and culture. Today we are a modern and holistic centre for those who want to consciously co-create positive changes within and around themselves.

Through our website, we want to support our readers in their ever metamorphosing lives and accompany them in fostering a steadily growing, fuller, more conscious relationship with themselves and the world. In our constantly hurrying times, we help you to pause for breath, feel your own rhythm, and continue on your way with attention and sensitivity to yourself and others. We want to build a space that fosters concentration; we offer you time to think and reasons for joy. The content we create inspires change – both inside ourselves and in the world outside. The knowledge we gain helps us to see our agency; it becomes an impulse to acknowledge our influence on the world.

We want to move you, to trigger emotions that spark development. It is good to know things, but we do not stop at that. Therefore, we keep looking for ways to broaden horizons in practice and to use the acquired wisdom in our daily lives.

We believe that everyone can engage their talent, knowledge and imagination to create a more balanced, diverse and beautiful world. A world we want to live in. And since the best companion to sublime thoughts is simplicity, at PRZEKRÓJ Foundation we focus on the basic and essential.

For us, less really means more. This is why the centre of our interest is a close and respectful relationship with the Earth and all beings that inhabit it. We nurture awareness of all the various ways in which we are connected with nature, the elements and natural abundance. We focus on healthy and organically grown food, good breathing, life-giving physical activity, the wisdom of plants, mental equilibrium, respect, gratefulness and cheerfulness. Almost everything we need for a good life we can find within ourselves. We are trying to see this potential, understand it, nurture and develop it.

We like to learn and enjoy the vast extent of what is still undiscovered. It is never too late to be awestruck or illuminated. That is why we cooperate with outstanding experts, practitioners and artists living in different parts of the world, in various cultures and philosophies. We relate their experiences, wisdom and stories lightly, with attention to form and a love for detail. In this way, we reflect how nature and art strive for beauty in the tiniest details and in cosmic complexity.

PRZEKRÓJ Foundation’s mission translated by Adam Zdrodowski

"We want to participate in creating the sort of world in which we would like to live, keeping in mind that we all have the power to change it. The beauty of each human being manifests itself in her or his talent, which can be used to change the world for the better. What we take on enables us to be more broadly involved in social life, by bringing in such values as health, gratitude, development, enthusiasm, and love."

Tomek Niewiadomski, Founder of PRZEKRÓJ Foundation