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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!

Culture

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A Beach at the End of the World

A Beach at the End of the World
The Unabashed Emotion of “Sun & Sea (Marina)”

Reading / culture
This year’s Venice Biennale Golden Lion winner came from the Lithuanian pavilion. The piece in question – an opera-performance on an artificial beach – encapsulates all the empathy and emotion that each of us might feel towards a world on its way to disaster. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė
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A Lesson in Wonder

A Lesson in Wonder
The Life of Rachel Carson

Reading / culture
In 1962, the marine biologist Rachel Carson published her seminal book on the ecological effects of pesticides, “Silent Spring”. As a result, she advanced the global environmental movement, but was unfairly discredited by her political opponents. Julia Fiedorczuk
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Venus in Childbirth

Venus in Childbirth
Classic Nudes of Art History

Reading / culture
The naked female body has long been painted, drawn and sculpted throughout history, in both secular and religious art. What role did it once play? Anna Arno

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I Am Just the Monkey, Not the Organ Grinder

I Am Just the Monkey, Not the Organ Grinder
Antonia Lloyd-Jones on Olga Tokarczuk’s Nobel Prize

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“I am just the monkey, not the organ grinder. And I am one of very many monkeys, and a very small one at that,” says Antonia Lloyd-Jones (who has translated three novels by Olga Tokarczuk) when asked about the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018. Mikołaj Gliński
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Gone, but not Dead

Gone, but not Dead
“Przekrój” Remembers Bohdan Butenko

Reading / culture
On 14th October 2019, the illustrator, drawer and graphic artist Bohdan Butenko passed away. We remember this Master, who regularly contributed to our pages in his later years. Joanna Domańska
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Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell

Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell

Reading / culture
A brief summary for those of you who haven’t read the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 winner’s books until the very end. Grzegorz Uzdański

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Why After All This One and Not the Rest?

Why After All This One and Not the Rest?
Wisława Szymborska’s Extraordinary Postcards

Reading / culture
Wisława Szymborska is mostly known across the world for her poetry. Yet the Nobel Prize winner had another talent up her sleeve - since the 1970s, she’d been making witty collages pasted to postcards. Adam Zdrodowski
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A Short Essay About Mystery

A Short Essay About Mystery
The Enduring Attraction of “Dekalog”

Reading / culture
In 1989, a then obscure Polish director called Krzysztof Kieślowski made a 10-part series for Polish television. Today, “Dekalog” is still ranked as one of the best non-English television productions by IMDB. Why might this be? Carmen Gray

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War, Never Again?

War, Never Again?
A Century of Anti-Fascist Art

Reading / culture
What can art do about fascism? Where does the border between artistic creation and propaganda lie? And can the latest exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw answer either of these questions? Stach Szabłowski
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We Are All Parasites

We Are All Parasites
An Interview with Bong Joon-ho

Reading / culture
Bong Joon-ho talks about inequality, violence and the family in his latest film, the Palme d’Or-winning black comedy “Parasite”. Mateusz Demski

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Truth and Fictions

Truth and Fictions
An Interview with Agnieszka Holland

Reading / culture
Agnieszka Holland talks about her new film “Mr. Jones”, and how we find ourselves at a timely moment for a story about a journalist uncovering brutal facts amid perfidious misdirection. Mateusz Demski
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You’re Never Smarter Than Your Audience

You’re Never Smarter Than Your Audience
An Interview with Frank Spotnitz

Reading / culture
Frank Spotnitz talks about the advent of Netflix, the golden age of television, and why he doesn’t like being called a ‘showrunner’. Dariusz Kuźma

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Warsaw Uprising Poems

Reading / culture
Anna Świrszczyńska’s poetry undertakes a feminine revision of one of the most tragic events in Polish history, remaining timeless to this day.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Charles Bernstein’s “The Darkness He Called Night”

Reading / culture
Charles Bernstein’s poem “The Darkness He Called Night” is typically playful and ironic, as it toys with the literal and metaphorical meanings of darkness, light and virtue.
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The Bikini in Cinema

The Bikini in Cinema
A Visual History

Reading / culture
On its 73rd birthday, we celebrate the bikini’s most iconic appearances in Polish and international film. Małgorzata Zacharska
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Kyotographie

Kyotographie
A Conversation About the Future of Photography

Reading / culture
Art historian Ania Diduch talks with photographer Wojtek Wieteska about erotic woodcuts, garden photography and a new kind of spatial thinking at the recent Kyotographie photography festival in Japan. Ania Diduch i Wojtek Wieteska

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Some Interesting ‘Facts’ About the Octopus

Some Interesting ‘Facts’ About the Octopus

Magazine / culture
Pourcontrel, eight-armed cuttle, devilfish, poulp – these are just some of the many nicknames given to octopuses. Find out more ‘facts’ about everyone’s favourite eight-legged cephalopod.  Wszystko Będzie Dobrze
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The Double Life Of Israel

The Double Life Of Israel
The Bittersweet Tale of a Hawaiian Musician

Magazine / culture
The life of Hawaiian singer-songwriter Israel Kamakawiwoʻole is easily romanticized, especially by those who promoted his covers of American songs. The reality is much more melancholic. Jan Błaszczak

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Hot Hells, Cold Hells

Hot Hells, Cold Hells
A Tour Through the Asian Abyss

Magazine / culture
Tomasz Wiśniewski presents an overview of the various Buddhist and Taoist afterlife offers for sinners. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Spa Town and the Summer Resort

The Spa Town and the Summer Resort
Holidays in Otwock and Świder

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To the south-east of Warsaw lie two vacation towns: Otwock and Świder. Popular through the first half of the 20th century, both destinations have recently been enjoying a local revival. Renata Senktas