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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!

Renata Lis

is a writer and translator, whose works include “Lesbos” (a book about love and exile), and completely unique biographies of Flaubert and Bunin, for which she was nominated for awards (one of which she won). She can’t decide whether she’s a pine dreaming of being a palm, or the other way around, so she alternates her travels between Greece and Russia; she’s been as far as Kamchatka.

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Hot Springs Eternal

Hot Springs Eternal
The Benefits of Thermal Baths

Magazine / culture
Hot springs and thermal baths have been enjoyed by humans (and animals) for thousands of years. They have health benefits, too. Renata Lis
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Chasing the Cold

Chasing the Cold
A Psychoanalytic Reading of “The Snow Queen”

Magazine / society
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen” is full of wintry metaphors. But do today’s younger generations still have the icy cold reference points to understand such symbolism? Renata Lis
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Walking for Water

Walking for Water
The Source of Folk Legends

Magazine / society
According to some fairy-tales, wild springs can give us the water of life. Yet according to other folk legends, water sources can also take life away... Renata Lis
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The Stalker’s Daughter

The Stalker’s Daughter
Tarkovsky’s Women

Magazine / society
The work of Soviet film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky is widely acclaimed – and with good reason. But what should we make of the role of women in his film “Stalker”? Renata Lis
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Silence Is Within Us
healthy living

Silence Is Within Us
The Origins of “Desiderata”

Reading / society
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence,” instructs Max Ehrmann in his “Desiderata”. But why is the poem so popular in Poland? Renata Lis
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It Blows

It Blows
The Lyrical Power of the Wind

Magazine / society
The wind is physically powerful, yet – as a quick glance through both ancient and modern literature shows – it also holds a more existential power over how we perceive ourselves within the world. Renata Lis
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A Royal Herb

A Royal Herb
The Mystic Allure of Basil

Magazine / society
Basil, with its aromatic scent and sweet taste, often finds its way onto our dinner plates. But this most regal of plants is also connected with good health, love and... death. Renata Lis
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The Face of the Sphinx

The Face of the Sphinx
The Enigmatic Life of Axel Munthe

Magazine / society
The medical doctor Axel Munthe led a quiet yet fascinating life, during which he built a villa on the Isle of Capri and lived alongside the Swedish royal family. He was also an avowed animal lover. Renata Lis