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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

is a writer. She has published several novels (“Paris London Dachau”, “Dla mnie to samo”, “Teraz”, “Nieszpory”) and collected interviews (two conducted along with Anna Dziewit: “Głośniej! Rozmowy z pisarkami” and “Teoria trutnia i inne”; and two by herself: “Jeszcze dzisiaj nie usiadłam” and “Piano rysuje sufit”). Agnieszka also published “Dusza światowa” – an extended interview with Dorota Masłowska. Together with Ewa Kuryluk, she wrote a book in the form of a conversation (“Manhattan i Mała Wenecja”), for which they received the Warsaw Literary Premiere Award.

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The Queen’s Lily

The Queen’s Lily
A Giant Plant from Guyana

Magazine / culture
In the 19th century, the giant lily was brought from Guyana to Victorian Britain. There, gardener Joseph Paxton displayed the plant’s remarkable architectural properties. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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The Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and the Unicorn
Tapestries from the Musée de Cluny

Reading / culture
The tapestries of “The Lady and the Unicorn” at the Musée de Cluny in Paris have enchanted many artists, novelists and poets. What do they represent? Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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A Voice of Hope

A Voice of Hope
The Life of Viktor Frankl

Magazine / society
Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy, is a key figure in existential and humanistic psychotherapy. He was also a Holocaust survivor. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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A Cooperative Utopia

A Cooperative Utopia
Ubuntu and Contributionism

Reading / society
In looking towards a more utopian society, we might consider the African philosophy of ubuntu, as well as Michael Tellinger’s concept of contributionism. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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Beauty and Utility

Beauty and Utility
The Life of William Morris

Magazine / society
William Morris was a man of many talents – among which he revived traditional British textile arts and popularized socialist ideas in Victorian society. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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Feeding the Soul
healthy living

Feeding the Soul
The Poilâne Bakery

Reading / society
The Poilâne bakery in Paris was founded in the 1930s. Today, it continues as a family business under the leadership of Apollonia Poilâne, baking some of the French capital’s finest bread. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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The Chameleon

The Chameleon
The Life of Romain Gary

Reading / culture
The French novelist Romain Gary was ahead of his time – both in his discussion of now-timely themes, and in his ability to use a broad emotional palette across his stories. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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Audubon’s Birds

Audubon’s Birds
Ornithology and Art

Magazine / culture
Today, the 19th-century American artist and ornithologist John James Audubon is considered one of the founding fathers of American ecology. But what makes his work so special? Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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A Change in Perspective

A Change in Perspective
Krzysztof Penderecki’s Lusławice Garden

Reading / culture
The historic Lusławice Manor is the home of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and his European Music Centre. It also houses a remarkable garden in its grounds. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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I’m Glad I Can Give Something

I’m Glad I Can Give Something
An Interview with Szymon Komasa

Reading / culture
Polish opera singer Szymon Komasa talks about the difficulties playing troubled characters, his experiences performing in “The Magic Mountain”, and the beautiful garden of Krzysztof Penderecki. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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Swimming Is Like Zen
healthy living

Swimming Is Like Zen
An Interview with Piotr Kieżun

Reading / culture
Swimming enthusiast Piotr Kieżun talks about the origin of swimming, changes in swimwear across the ages, and various swimmer writers and intellectuals. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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Responsibility Is Sexy

Responsibility Is Sexy
Freedom in the Novels of Edward St Aubyn

Reading / culture
From his characters’ motives to the author’s own literary playfulness, a writer explores the universal appeal of freedom in the work of Edward St Aubyn. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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Carl and Karin Larsson’s Arcadia

Carl and Karin Larsson’s Arcadia

Reading / culture
The home of Swedish artists Carl and Karin Larsson, called Lilla Hyttnäs, was an inspiration not only to the Larsson family, but to national design aesthetics in Sweden. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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Colourful Caterpillars

Colourful Caterpillars
How Maria Sibylla Merian Embraced Art and Science

Magazine / culture
In 1700, the German naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian travelled to Suriname, where she studied and illustrated tropical insects. Her pioneering work continues to inspire entomologists. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz