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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 Wilk

Paulina Wilk

is Editor of the Culture & Society section.

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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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The Himalayan Super Express

The Himalayan Super Express
The Story of Nirmal Purja

Magazine / society
In 2019, a Nepalese man set off on ‘Project Possible’ – a plan to ascend all 14 eight-thousander mountains in seven months. In the end, he exceeded all expectations. Paulina Wilk
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The Trouble with Too Many Bodies

The Trouble with Too Many Bodies
Contemporary Cemetery Solutions

Reading / society
As the global population continues to grow, an uncomfortable question arises: where do we find the space to continue storing the deceased? Paulina Wilk
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And Now, I Will Disappear!

And Now, I Will Disappear!
The Final Years of Tiziano Terzani

Magazine / culture
When he was 59 years old, the great Italian journalist and writer Tiziano Terzani was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than heralding the end, it sparked a new chapter in his life. Paulina Wilk
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The Nine-Mouthed River

The Nine-Mouthed River
Life in the Mekong Delta

Magazine / society
In southern Vietnam, a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands is home to 20 million people, most of whom rely on the water for their everyday activities and livelihoods. Yet newly-built dams and the imminent climate catastrophe could soon change all of this. Paulina Wilk
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Paulina Wilk

The Girls with Pigtails

Reading / feuilleton
On 14th June 2019, 13-year-old Inga Zasowska started her climate strike outside the Polish parliament. It’s children like Inga and Greta Thunberg who can bring us hope – if only we would listen to them.
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You’ll See When the Rain Comes
Mind the climate

You’ll See When the Rain Comes
A Journey to the Source of the Nile

Magazine / society
The Nile river eventually flows into the Mediterranean Sea, but has more humble origins. One such source is the Blue Nile at Lake Tana in Ethiopia, where water can be in short supply for large parts of the year. Paulina Wilk
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What Can Greta Do?
Mind the climate

What Can Greta Do?
The Urgent Ascent of a Climate Activist

Magazine / society
Today, Greta Thunberg is an icon of the battle against global warming. The unassuming 16-year-old has brought impetus to a worldwide youth movement, but what comes next? Paulina Wilk
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A Foundation That’s Falling Apart

A Foundation That’s Falling Apart
Our Dangerous Over-Reliance on Sand

Magazine / society
Sand is a basic ingredient of modern life, most notably as a component of concrete buildings. Our consumption of sand is growing by 10% a year, bringing with it dire ecological consequences. Paulina Wilk
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What Are You Reading, Mr President? ♫

What Are You Reading, Mr President? ♫

Media / Audio
We imagine a world in which politicians read books, leading to a greater capacity for imagination, truth, and caring for the country. Original publication by Paulina Wilk.
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Ten Feet Under

Ten Feet Under
The Gold Rush in Peru’s Amazon Basin

Reading / society
The Madre de Dios region has seen a relentless stream of illegal gold mining. This is taking its toll not only on the Amazonian rainforest, but also on the area’s inhabitants. Paulina Wilk
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Energy Travels Vertically

Energy Travels Vertically
The Life of Paramahansa Yogananda

Magazine / society
In the summer of 1920, a young Indian swami boarded a ship from Bombay to Boston. The yogi’s spiritual teachings went on to change the lives of millions. Paulina Wilk
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Energy Travels Vertically ♫
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Energy Travels Vertically ♫

Media / Audio
In the summer of 1920, a young Indian swami boarded a ship from Bombay to Boston. The yogi’s spiritual teachings went on to change the lives of millions. Original text by Paulina Wilk. Read by Konstancja Dangel. Translated by Mark Ordon.
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Paulina Wilk

What Are You Reading, Mr President?

Reading / society
We imagine a world in which politicians read books, leading to a greater capacity for imagination, truth, and caring for the country.
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The Monsoon Empire

The Monsoon Empire
A Journey Through the Indian Rain

Magazine / society
In monsoon season, India is governed by the irrepressible rhythms of water. The rain brings destruction, but it also brings an abundance of life. Paulina Wilk
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The Aristocracy of Crumbling Sands

The Aristocracy of Crumbling Sands
Wilfred Thesiger’s Journeys Through Arabia

Reading / society
Wilfred Thesiger spent years travelling with Bedouins across the vast, harsh Arabian deserts. His journeys are an example to those seeking to practise sustainable tourism today. Paulina Wilk
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The Transatlantic Is Losing Steam

The Transatlantic Is Losing Steam
The Shifting Geopolitics of Atlantic Waters

Reading / society
In an age of profound political and climate change, might transoceanic power soon shift to the Global South? Paulina Wilk
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Endless Cities

Endless Cities
The Irresistible Rise of Mass Urbanization

Magazine / society
Cities are growing at an incredible rate, forming more and more clusters and conurbations. This, however, might not be such a bad thing. Paulina Wilk