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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!

Culture

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The Polish Road to Motorization
Stanisław Lem

The Polish Road to Motorization

Reading / culture
In 1957, future sci-fi legend Stanisław Lem wrote for “Przekrój” about the role of cars and motorization in Polish society – and how it differed from the West. Stanisław Lem
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“I Ching: Book of Changes”

“I Ching: Book of Changes”
Illustrated Snippets

Magazine / culture
“The clouds pass and the rain does its work and all individual beings flow into their forms.” An excerpt from the ancient Chinese text “I Ching”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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We Are the Future!

We Are the Future!
The Russian Futurists

Magazine / culture
Russian Futurism developed alongside Italian Futurism, yet the two art movements ultimately took different directions. Maciej Świetlik

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A Note of Nature
Mind the climate

A Note of Nature
Natural Inspirations in Music

Magazine / culture
Musical compositions inspired by the sounds of nature can bring relief, while simultaneously raising awareness of issues related to climate change. Wioleta Żochowska
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The Most Famous Celts in the World

The Most Famous Celts in the World
The Adventures of Asterix and Obelix

Magazine / culture
The French comic book series starring Asterix and Obelix is well-known across the world. What do these two Gallic villagers represent? Maciej Świetlik
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The Great Outdoors Is Nature’s Healer
aeon

The Great Outdoors Is Nature’s Healer

Magazine / culture
Urban living brings with it great intellectual gains, yet living outside in nature can bring manifold benefits, too. Jill Neimark

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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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Screaming on the Silver Screen

Screaming on the Silver Screen
The Scream in Cinema

Reading / culture
From the Golden Age of Hollywood to recent slasher flicks, cinema history is full of screams. The Wilhelm Scream might be its most famous. Jakub Mejer

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I Create Everything Anew

I Create Everything Anew
The Life of Wassily Kandinsky

Magazine / culture
The painter and theorist Wassily Kandinsky was a pioneer of abstraction in the West. His art was influenced by both expressionism and spirituality. Małgorzata Czyńska
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C.S. Lewis, “The Screwtape Letters” (Part II)

C.S. Lewis, “The Screwtape Letters” (Part II)
Illustrated Snippets

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“We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement...” An excerpt from C.S Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 

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C.S. Lewis, “The Screwtape Letters” (Part I)

C.S. Lewis, “The Screwtape Letters” (Part I)
Illustrated Snippets

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“I like bats much better than bureaucrats.” An excerpt from C.S Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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Crazy, Real, Supernatural!

Crazy, Real, Supernatural!
The World of the Surrealists

Magazine / culture
In their games, explorations and art, the Surrealists embraced the land of imagination – and showed precisely why imagination is so powerful. Agnieszka Taborska

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Anton Chekhov, “The Dependents”

Anton Chekhov, “The Dependents”
Illustrated Snippets

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“At that point the old man appropriately recalled that, in the preceding night, he had dreamed of a stove, and to dream of a stove is a sign of sorrow.” An excerpt from Anton Chekhov’s “The Dependents”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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In the Footsteps of Russian Spirituality

In the Footsteps of Russian Spirituality
The Way of a Pilgrim

Magazine / culture
“The Way of a Pilgrim” is a classic work of 19th-century Eastern Orthodox mysticism that charts the travels of an anonymous Russian ascetic. Its influence has also spread to the West. Mikołaj Gliński

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The Russian Prophet of Immortality

The Russian Prophet of Immortality
The Philosophy of Nikolai Fyodorov

Magazine / culture
Nikolai Fyodorov believed that only resurrection of the dead could save the world. His extraordinary vision fascinated the likes of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Michał Milczarek
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Leo’s Last Roar

Leo’s Last Roar
The Life of Sophia and Leo Tolstoy

Magazine / culture
Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sophia both loved and tormented each other. How did the troubled Russian writer live his last few months? Paulina Wilk

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All Quiet on the Eastern Front

All Quiet on the Eastern Front
An Interview with Elena Kostyuchenko

Magazine / culture
Journalist and activist Elena Kostyuchenko talks about the dangers of her investigative journalism, the new Russia, and why she will always struggle to leave the country of her birth. Paulina Wilk
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You Don’t Come Here Voluntarily

You Don’t Come Here Voluntarily
Chekhov and Sakhalin Island

Magazine / culture
In the late 19th-century, Anton Chekhov visited the penal colony on Sakhalin island and wrote about the fate of the convicts there. What did he see? Andrzej Kula

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Instructions for Departure

Instructions for Departure
The Buddhist Approach to Death

Magazine / culture
In contemporary Western culture, death is taboo. Yet Buddhism illustrates how we can take a different approach to death; one that is not as dissimilar as we might expect. Aleksandra Woźniak
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Silent Night

Silent Night
A Cultural History of Silence

Magazine / culture
As the literature of recent centuries shows, our relationship with silence – as ritual, as protective, as deathly – has a long and rich history. Ewa Pluta