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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!

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Our Man the Witcher

Our Man the Witcher
The Genius of Andrzej Sapkowski

Reading / culture
The success of Andrzej Sapkowski’s “The Witcher” series might have blinded us to an important truth: at the very heart of the brand’s popularity lies nothing but excellent literature and the work of one talented man. Tomasz Pindel
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A Paradise Called Dziedzinka
archives

A Paradise Called Dziedzinka
The Lodge in the Białowieża Forest

Magazine / culture
In this 1971 article from our archives, a “Przekrój” correspondent visits the Dziedzinka lodge in the Białowieża Forest, where he meets its two inhabitants and their many animal friends. Zbigniew Święch
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A Life in Song

A Life in Song
The Tempestuous Music of Violeta Parra

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The singer-songwriter Violeta Parra pioneered the renewal of traditional folk music in her native Chile. She left behind a number of albums, as well as a trail of heartbreak. Aleksandra Lipczak

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A Subversive Master of Earnestness

A Subversive Master of Earnestness
Marina Abramović Returns to Belgrade

Reading / culture
Marina Abramović has finally returned to her hometown Belgrade with the retrospective exhibition “The Cleaner”. How does the performance artist’s legacy resonate in the city that she has largely left behind? Ana Uzelac
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Half For Me, Half For You

Half For Me, Half For You
An Interview with Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma

Reading / culture
Cinematographers Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma talk about "Honeyland", the beekeeping documentary they shot in North Macedonia, and which is hotly-tipped for Oscar success later this year. Dariusz Kuźma
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In the Service of Clouds

In the Service of Clouds
Painting the Skies

Magazine / culture
Art history is full of examples of painters inspired by the heavens – from the old masters to romanticism, clouds have long captured the artistic imagination. Anna Arno

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A Wild Boar Chase
sports

A Wild Boar Chase
Cross-Country Skiing from Morning to Night

Magazine / culture
Why go to the Alps when you can – snow permitting – take a cross-country skiing trip mere kilometres from where you live? Wojtek Antonów
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I’m Glad I Can Give Something

I’m Glad I Can Give Something
An Interview with Szymon Komasa

Reading / culture
Polish opera singer Szymon Komasa talks about the difficulties playing troubled characters, his experiences performing in “The Magic Mountain”, and the beautiful garden of Krzysztof Penderecki. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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Our Favourite Films from the ‘New East’

Our Favourite Films from the ‘New East’
Top 10 of the Decade

Reading / culture
As we reach the end of the 2010s, “Przekrój” looks back on our favourites of the last decade. Here, we give a subjective overview of the best films from Central and Eastern Europe. Carmen Gray
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Pyjama People
Fashion

Pyjama People
A Short History of Nightwear

Magazine / culture
These days, we very much take the cosy comfort of our pyjamas for granted. But it wasn’t always like this – sleepwear has come a long way from its 17th-century origins in Europe. Agata Zborowska

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Conjunctiva-Teasing Art

Conjunctiva-Teasing Art
The Life of Maria Ewa Łunkiewicz-Rogoyska

Magazine / culture
Maria Ewa Łunkiewicz-Rogoyska (or simply Mewa) was one of Poland’s great post-war avant-garde artists, establishing a tradition of the apartment as artistic space along with Henryk Stażewski. Zbigniew Libera
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Carl and Karin Larsson’s Arcadia

Carl and Karin Larsson’s Arcadia

Reading / culture
The home of Swedish artists Carl and Karin Larsson, called Lilla Hyttnäs, was an inspiration not only to the Larsson family, but to national design aesthetics in Sweden. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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First Star of David
short story

First Star of David

Magazine / culture
3 Smocza Street. David Spilman, an Israeli teenager, has memorized this address from the letters his grandma used to receive. But what waits for him in Warsaw, once the home of his grandma, on Christmas Eve? Joanna Rudniańska
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To Give Back Love

To Give Back Love
An Interview with Bartosz Bielenia

Reading / culture
Bartosz Bielenia – star of “Corpus Christi”, Poland’s Oscar candidate – talks about the act of impersonation, his lifelong fascination with performance, and the loss of Robin Williams. Jan Pelczar

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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 Sound of Radioactivity

The Sound of Radioactivity
An Interview with Hildur Guðnadóttir

Reading / culture
Hildur Guðnadóttir talks about how she composed the scores for “Chernobyl” and “Joker”, and what it was like to work with Jóhann Jóhannsson. Jan Błaszczak

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Lily Briscoe’s Painting

Lily Briscoe’s Painting
On a Fictional Work of Art

Reading / culture
A writer channels the spirit of Virginia Woolf to reflect on the significance of a painting from her novel “To the Lighthouse”, both for the character who painted it and for the author herself. Grzegorz Uzdański
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An Unsung Hero of the Holodomor

An Unsung Hero of the Holodomor
Terror and Truth in Agnieszka Holland’s “Mr. Jones”

Reading / culture
The latest film from Agnieszka Holland tells the story of Gareth Jones, a Welsh journalist searching for truth in Soviet Ukraine. A Ukrainian writer explores how the film may shed new light on the Holodomor for those in her home country. Tetiana Shataieva

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Empire of the Alexandrinas

Empire of the Alexandrinas
An Alternative Literary History

Reading / culture
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which the Great Library of Alexandria was saved by Julius Caesar. Adam Węgłowski
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Write for “Przekrój”!

Write for “Przekrój”!

Reading / culture
The international version of “Przekrój” is now looking to commission original content in English. Ready to join us?  Przekrój