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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!

Izabela „Czajka” Stachowicz

was a writer, resistance soldier, policewoman, muse, patron, protector of artists. She lived from 1893 to 1969. She was immortalized by the Polish writer Witkacy in his novel “Pożegnanie Jesieni” [Farewell to Autumn] as the demonic Jewish heiress Hela Bertz. To Polish writer Maria Dąbrowska, she was a “mythomaniac”, while Jan Kott, the Polish theatre critic, referred to her more euphemistically as a “surrealist”.