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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 Book a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

A Book a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Top 10 Books for a Pandemic

Reading / culture
You are stuck at home. The potatoes, groats and onions are all bought. You have oceans of time, so… read! Here are 10 books to help you extract a little sense and joy from quarantine. Paulina Wilk
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The Power of Literature

The Power of Literature
An Interview with Radka Denemarková

Reading / culture
Radka Denemarková talks about feminism, exclusion, and the role of women in her novels “A Contribution to the History of Joy” and “Kobold”. Anita Musioł
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A Beast of a Board Game

A Beast of a Board Game
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

Reading / culture
If you’re self-isolating at home with your family or housemates during the pandemic, why not take on a truly co-operative and creative task: trying your hand at surviving on a deserted, dangerous island? Dariusz Kuźma

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The Forest of Unread Books

The Forest of Unread Books
A Future Library in Norway

Reading / culture
A short trip from downtown Oslo brings you to Frønsvollen hill, home of the Future Library Forest. Its creators hope that it will preserve books for our uncertain future. Klara Kowtun & Piotr Żelazny
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A Change in Perspective

A Change in Perspective
Krzysztof Penderecki’s Lusławice Garden

Reading / culture
The historic Lusławice Manor is the home of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and his European Music Centre. It also houses a remarkable garden in its grounds. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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The Reverie of Rambo

The Reverie of Rambo
On Surprise and Beauty

Magazine / culture
According to Heraclitus, gods live everywhere – even in those things we find repugnant. We might find some surprising insight in the worldview of John Rambo, too. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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The Past Perfect

The Past Perfect
The Japanese Philosophy of Wabi-Sabi

Magazine / culture
We throw out old, broken objects and worry about how we will look in the future. Yet, as the Japanese art of ‘kintsugi’ shows, it’s also possible to make the imperfect beautiful. Aleksandra Reszelska
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In Saturn’s Embraces

In Saturn’s Embraces
The Life of Teofil Ociepka

Magazine / culture
Born in Upper Silesia to a family of coal-miners, Teofil Ociepka was one of Poland’s best-known naïve artists. He was particularly fascinated by occultism, too. Zbigniew Libera

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Where to Put the Whale

Where to Put the Whale
A Conversation with the Captain Boomer Collective

Magazine / culture
In December 2017, the figure of a several-metres-long whale washed up on the bank of the Vistula River in Warsaw. We talk with the art collective Captain Boomer about this surprising event. Łukasz Kaniewski
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Neurons Take Over

Neurons Take Over
Empathy in Architecture

Magazine / culture
As humans, we all experience emotions between ourselves. Yet how is it that some inanimate objects – buildings and other feats of architectural design – can also influence our mood? Łukasz Stępnik

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A Prayer Without Words

A Prayer Without Words
The Story of the Wanderer

Magazine / culture
Caspar David Friedrich’s “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” is one of the most famous paintings in art history. But what exactly does this image of a lone man standing on a rock mean? Anna Arno
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Looking for Closure

Looking for Closure
An Interview with Masha Osipova

Reading / culture
Russian filmmaker Masha Osipova talks about health in the Soviet era, confronting memories of the past, and her new short documentary film “Sanatorium”. Dariusz Kuźma

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A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death
10 (Un)inspiring Films From Central Europe

Reading / culture
Some Polish films make you lose the will to live, whereas other Czech films help you embrace life anew. These two neighbours couldn’t be any more different. Mateusz Demski
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All Heaven in a Rage

All Heaven in a Rage
Olga Tokarczuk’s “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead”

Reading / culture
In her most recently translated novel, Olga Tokarczuk crafts an existential whodunnit, helped by the guiding spirit of William Blake. In doing so, she pulls back the curtain on some of the less savoury hunting practices in Poland. Sam Pulham

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Shall We Meet at Half Past Lust, or a Quarter to Folly?

Shall We Meet at Half Past Lust, or a Quarter to Folly?
The Charm of Raymond Peynet’s ‘Lovers’

Magazine / culture
A Polish artist and graphic designer reflects on his connection with Raymond Peynet’s illustrated ‘lovers’, whose naive simplicity shaped his own vision of love. Maurycy Gomulicki
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Nothing Fixes Itself

Nothing Fixes Itself
An Interview with Almudena Grandes

Reading / culture
The writer Almudena Grandes talks about the exhumation of Franco, her best-selling novel “The Ages of Lulu”, and why Spain must confront its fascist past. Aleksandra Lipczak

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Ideas from the Void

Ideas from the Void
An Interview with Joanna Grochocka

Reading / culture
On the eve of receiving her award from the Society of Illustrators, regular “Przekrój” illustrator Joanna Grochocka talks about the glory days of Polish illustration, what inspires her, and how she finds an original language for her art.  Przekrój
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Our Favourite Films by Female Directors from the ‘New East’

Our Favourite Films by Female Directors 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 directed by women from Central and Eastern Europe. Agata Pyzik

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The Race for the Pole
sports

The Race for the Pole
An Antarctic Challenge

Magazine / culture
Few sporting challenges are as physically and psychologically taxing as crossing the Antarctic continent, solo and unaided. Yet that is precisely what Colin O’Brady and Louis Rudd set out to do. Andrzej Kula
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Matured into Immaturity

Matured into Immaturity
The Life of Zbigniew Lengren

Magazine / culture
The illustrator and cartoonist Zbigniew Lengren ran a 50-year comic strip in “Przekrój”. His daughter remembers his remarkable life. Katarzyna Lengren