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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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Comrade Batman

Comrade Batman
How HBO’s “Chernobyl” Ignores the Nuances of Soviet Language

Reading / culture
The latest miniseries from HBO beautifully captures Soviet aesthetics, but is lacking elsewhere. A Belarusian writer suggests that “Chernobyl” fails to portray the complex nuances of language in a society enslaved by totalitarianism. Victor Martinovich
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High Culture in the Magic Mountains

High Culture in the Magic Mountains
The Art World’s Alpine Love Affair

Reading / culture
The lofty peaks of the Alps have long had elitist appeal. This might explain why Grażyna Kulczyk decided to open Muzeum Susch among their rarefied atmosphere. Stach Szabłowski
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Chirping, Whistling and Tootling

Chirping, Whistling and Tootling
The Joys of Recognizing Birdsong

Reading / culture
Identifying the songs of different birds can be tricky and time-consuming. It can also become a lifelong passion that soothes the mind and has a positive effect on mood. Olga Drenda

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Responsibility Is Sexy

Responsibility Is Sexy
Freedom in the Novels of Edward St Aubyn

Reading / culture
From his characters’ motives to the author’s own literary playfulness, a writer explores the universal appeal of freedom in the work of Edward St Aubyn. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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The Secret Life of Textiles

The Secret Life of Textiles
Recycling Clothes in Post-War Poland

Reading / culture
Ethical fashion consumption may currently be in vogue, but it was once a necessity. In post-war Poland, hand-me-downs, recycled textiles, and handmade garments were all the norm. Agata Zborowska
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A Cinema of Frustration in Impatient Times

A Cinema of Frustration in Impatient Times
An Interview with László Nemes

Reading / culture
László Nemes talks about his latest film “Sunset”, directing a slower-paced cinema, and his domestic freedom as a Hungarian filmmaker. Magdalena Maksimiuk

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The Breath of the Universe

The Breath of the Universe
The Ancient Theory of ‘Pneuma’

Magazine / culture
The Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece believed that breath played a fundamental role in structuring cosmic existence. Paweł Janiszewski
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Włodek Goldkorn

What Do We Need Memory For?

Reading / culture
In an age of populism, nationalism and rapid change, we should cherish the gift of memory and learn from the past.
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An End That Marks a Beginning

An End That Marks a Beginning
The History of the Ouroboros

Magazine / culture
The ouroboros, a serpent devouring its own tail, has been a symbol of cyclical renewal for thousands of years. A scholar presents its history across different cultures. Paweł Janiszewski
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Less Is Not More, Less Is Enough

Less Is Not More, Less Is Enough
An Interview with Pier Vittorio Aureli

Magazine / culture
Pier Vittorio Aureli talks about architecture, asceticism, and the lubricating properties of contemporary minimalism. Zygmunt Borawski

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Trouble Suited Her

Trouble Suited Her

Magazine / culture
Upon arriving at the Europejski Hotel, Lieutenant Maciejewski is faced with a mystery involving forgotten state documents and the charms of a certain lady. A short crime story. Marcin Wroński
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The Studio Was Her Entire World

The Studio Was Her Entire World
The Late Fame of Geta Brătescu

Magazine / culture
Geta Brătescu is a Romanian artist who made a great impression on us during the 2017 Venice Biennale. We tell the story of an exceptional figure, who became an international star only in her eighties. Stach Szabłowski

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I Held in My Hand Something Living

I Held in My Hand Something Living
The Life of Maria Papa Rostowska

Magazine / culture
The sculptor Maria Papa Rostkowska led a happy life. Maybe that’s why so few people remember who she was. Zbigniew Libera
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Watercolours Under a Spacesuit

Watercolours Under a Spacesuit
The Story of Galina Balashova

Magazine / culture
The Space Race was a secretive time for the Soviets. So secretive, that the cosmic spacecraft watercolours painted by the Russian architect Galina Balashova have been completely forgotten. Konstanty Usenko

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Madame Blavatsky

Madame Blavatsky
A Russian Aristocrat on the Astral Plane

Magazine / culture
The 19th-century Russian spiritualist Helena Blavatsky was a controversial figure who lived a colourful life. But was she an ingenious fraud, an enlightened sage, or maybe just a skilled writer? Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Looking Through the Language Lens

Looking Through the Language Lens
An Interview with Ireneusz Kania

Magazine / culture
Polyglot Ireneusz Kania talks about teaching himself 20 languages, reading original Buddhist texts, and why he dislikes English. Łukasz Kaniewski, Tomasz Stawiszyński

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Colourful Caterpillars

Colourful Caterpillars
How Maria Sibylla Merian Embraced Art and Science

Magazine / culture
In 1700, the German naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian travelled to Suriname, where she studied and illustrated tropical insects. Her pioneering work continues to inspire entomologists. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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The Pet ‘Kittens’

The Pet ‘Kittens’
A History of “Przekrój”’s Cover Girls

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For much of its existence, “Przekrój” featured fashion photos of young models on its covers. We run through the history of the so-called ‘kittens’, and close a chapter that belongs to a bygone era. Ewa Pawlik

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Professor Tutka Was a Journalist
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Professor Tutka Was a Journalist
Stories About Professor Tutka

Reading / culture
Professor Tutka – the fictional invention of the Polish writer Jerzy Szaniawski – was a popular character among “Przekrój” readers. Read the first story in the series, from 1949. Jerzy Szaniawski
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The Rojek Sisters Go to Camp
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The Rojek Sisters Go to Camp

Reading / culture
The Rojek Sisters column was published in “Przekrój” from 1962 until 1967. We present you with a 1963 article from this series. The Rojek Sisters