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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!

Paulina Małochleb

is a literary critic and the secretary of the Wisława Szymborska Award. She is a laureate of both the “Nagrody Prezesa Rady Ministrów” award and the “Stypendium Młoda Polska” award. In 2018, she was nominated for the Polityka Passport Award. She sits on the jury of the Julian Tuwim Literary Award. She runs a blog at ksiazkinaostro.pl.

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In Death There Is Also Life

In Death There Is Also Life
An Interview with Vinciane Despret

Reading / society
Philosopher and anthropologist of science Vinciane Despret talks about the phenomenon of death midwives, and how we can cultivate a different approach to grief. Paulina Małochleb 
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Silenced Memories: LGBT People in World War II

Silenced Memories: LGBT People in World War II

Reading / science
Joanna Ostrowska, author of a book about gay people during World War II, talks about why it is crucial to honour the memory of LGBT people in Poland. Paulina Małochleb 
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A Mother in Lockdown

A Mother in Lockdown
Pandemic Diaries

Reading / society
During the pandemic, the experience of those with small children – especially mothers – has been a distinct and challenging one. Paulina Małochleb 
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An Imagined Europe, But a Real One

An Imagined Europe, But a Real One
An Interview with Łukasz Galusek

Reading / society
Architect Łukasz Galusek takes us on a tour through the towns, landscapes and architecture of Central Europe, where history and memory is ever-present. Paulina Małochleb 
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Independent of Everyone

Independent of Everyone
An Interview with Agi Mishol

Reading / culture
Israeli poet Agi Mishol talks about old age, her family’s memories of Europe, and the role of nature in poetry. Paulina Małochleb 
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A Genocide of Neglect

A Genocide of Neglect
An Interview with Rebecca Makkai

Reading / culture
Rebbeca Makkai talks about why she set her novel “The Great Believers” in Chicago, who she wrote the book for (and against), and the injustices of the AIDS epidemic. Paulina Małochleb 
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Fragile Women

Fragile Women
An Interview with Mathilda Gustavsson

Reading / society
Mathilda Gustavsson, author of “The Club”, talks about her journalistic work uncovering the Jean-Claude Arnault rape scandal at the heart of the Swedish Academy. Paulina Małochleb 
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A Witch in Princess’s Robes

A Witch in Princess’s Robes
An Interview with Mona Chollet

Reading / society
French essayist and writer Mona Chollet talks about the history of witch hunts, how society is still patriarchal and oppressive, and why we need to convince women of their own value. Paulina Małochleb 
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A Story No One Has Told Yet

A Story No One Has Told Yet
An Interview with Nancy Spielberg and Anna Różalska

Reading / culture
Nancy Spielberg and Anna Różalska, the producers of the film “Who Will Write Our History”, talk about the little-known history of Jewish social activist Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes archive. Paulina Małochleb