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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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Herodotus, the Pioneer

Herodotus, the Pioneer
The Relevance of “The Histories”

Reading / society
Herodotus wrote “The Histories” nearly 2500 years ago in ancient Greece. Nonetheless, it is still a relevant and influential book for us today. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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A Heat Storm Is Coming

A Heat Storm Is Coming
An Unheard Literary Voice

Reading / culture
In her debut novel “We Are All Birds of Uganda”, lawyer Hafsa Zayyan tells a nuanced story of memory and identity, representing the voice of Asian Africans in literature. Paulina Wilk
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Nobody Home

Nobody Home
There’s Nothing Wrong with Migration

Reading / culture
In her latest book “The Next Great Migration”, American science journalist Sonia Shah presents an evidenced picture of how migration has always been with us – for the better. Paulina Wilk
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Double Axell

Double Axell
Evelyne Axell at Muzeum Susch

Reading / culture
The exhibition “Evelyne Axell: Body Double” at Muzeum Susch in Switzerland returns the eponymous artist to her rightful place in the pop art canon. Ewa Borysiewicz

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Out of America

Out of America
A Tale from the Second Generation

Reading / culture
In his latest novel “Homeland Elegies”, American playwright and author Ayad Akhtar crafts a tale of the complexities of being a second generation citizen in 21st-century America. Paulina Wilk

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Kind by Nature

Kind by Nature
Have Faith in Humanity

Reading / culture
In his latest book “Humankind: A Hopeful History”, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman deconstructs the idea of humanity as inherently evil to paint a much more optimistic portrait of human nature. Paulina Wilk
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It’s Okay to Panic!
Mind the climate

It’s Okay to Panic!
A Film About Climate Expertise

Reading / science
Jonathan L. Ramsey’s latest documentary “It’s Okay to Panic” deals with the global climate crisis – and the seemingly marginalized voice of experts therein. Anna Tatarska
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The Republic of Friendship

The Republic of Friendship
Closeness on the Margins

Magazine / Review
In her latest book “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World”, Turkish novelist Elif Shafak tells the story of Tequila Leila – seemingly a nobody, but with a group of five misfit friends who seem to transcend life itself. Paulina Wilk

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A Beast of a Board Game

A Beast of a Board Game
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

Reading / culture
If you’re self-isolating at home with your family or housemates during the pandemic, why not take on a truly co-operative and creative task: trying your hand at surviving on a deserted, dangerous island? Dariusz Kuźma
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All Heaven in a Rage

All Heaven in a Rage
Olga Tokarczuk’s “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead”

Reading / culture
In her most recently translated novel, Olga Tokarczuk crafts an existential whodunnit, helped by the guiding spirit of William Blake. In doing so, she pulls back the curtain on some of the less savoury hunting practices in Poland. Sam Pulham
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Element of Equilibrium

Element of Equilibrium
Lithium and Mental Health

Reading / culture
In his recent book “Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough”, psychiatrist Walter A. Brown gives an overview of lithium – the drug that has proved to be especially useful for those experiencing bipolar disorder. Paulina Wilk

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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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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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War, Never Again?

War, Never Again?
A Century of Anti-Fascist Art

Reading / culture
What can art do about fascism? Where does the border between artistic creation and propaganda lie? And can the latest exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw answer either of these questions? Stach Szabłowski
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Typical Hype

Typical Hype
A Normal Novel

Reading / Review
Sally Rooney’s second novel “Normal People” has garnered plenty of praise, but is it deserving of its acclaim? Agata Sikora