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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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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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Cinematherapy for Testing Times

Cinematherapy for Testing Times
A Dose of Movie Medicine

Reading / culture
When we our struggling – as individuals or as a society – a dose of therapy delivered through the medium of cinema can do wonders. Jakub Popielecki
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OK, Let’s Talk About Love

OK, Let’s Talk About Love
An Interview with Julia Ducournau

Reading / culture
French director Julia Ducournau won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival for her subversive body horror “Titane”. She talks about the importance of choreography, Vincent Lindon, and how she struggles to write about love. Jakub Armata

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Power Every Hour
Photography

Power Every Hour
Photos of Ancient Sites

Magazine / culture
In Poland, centuries-old power spots unveil glimpses of pagan Slavic culture. Photographer Szymon Rogiński documents such sites, including kurgans, stone circles and figures of cult. Ewa Pawlik & Szymon Rogiński
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A Poetic Hurricane

A Poetic Hurricane
The Ascent of Amanda Gorman

Magazine / culture
The American poet Amanda Gorman recently made headlines with her poem at Joe Biden’s inauguration. Her work promises an exciting future. Bartosz Wójcik
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Upiory Are People of Flesh and Blood

Upiory Are People of Flesh and Blood
An Interview with Łukasz Kozak

Reading / culture
Mediaevalist Łukasz Kozak talks about the myths and realities behind upiory – prototype vampires from Slavic folklore. Stasia Budzisz

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life
An Arboreal Image

Magazine / culture
From ancient history to the Middle Ages and beyond, the image of the tree of life has held great symbolism and significance for many cultures. Anna Arno
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The Māori Awakening

The Māori Awakening
A Cultural Renaissance in New Zealand

Magazine / culture
After years of suppression of Māori cultural identity, New Zealand’s Indigenous people are finally experiencing a renaissance, in defiance of colonialism. Maciej Wesołowski

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Reality Is Much Scarier than My Films

Reality Is Much Scarier than My Films
An Interview with Sion Sono

Reading / culture
Japanese director Sion Sono talks about the importance of humour in his films, the realities of cruelty and suffering, and what he is afraid of. Sylwia Niemczyk
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Bored to Tears? Use Your Ears!

Bored to Tears? Use Your Ears!
How to Soundwalk

Magazine / culture
In a world full of constant noise, it is easy to shut off from quieter sounds. By soundwalking, we can open our ears up again. Iza Smelczyńska

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The Haka

The Haka
A Māori Tradition

Magazine / culture
The haka – a traditional Māori dance – is well-known from the New Zealand rugby team. What are its cultural origins? Andrzej Kula
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The King of Fantasy

The King of Fantasy
The World of Neil Gaiman

Magazine / culture
The books and comics of British author Neil Gaiman craft a weird, nightmarish, but incredibly enjoyable world. Jakub Demiańczuk

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Master of the Emotional Trap: An Interview with Krzysztof Kieślowski

Master of the Emotional Trap: An Interview with Krzysztof Kieślowski
80 Years of Kieślowski

Reading / culture
On the 80th anniversary of his birth, we share an interview with the Polish film director Krzysztof Kieślowski from the “Przekrój” archives. Izabella Bodnar
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Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Films in a Nutshell

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Films in a Nutshell

Reading / culture
A brief summary for those of you haven’t watched Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski’s films until the very end. Grzegorz Uzdański

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Bushidō, or the Idealized Way

Bushidō, or the Idealized Way
The Myth of the Japanese Samurai

Magazine / culture
The book “Bushido: The Soul of Japan” was a bestseller in the West. But what did its author – a Japanese economist, diplomat and politician – really know about the way of the samurai? Piotr Żelazny
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Spring, a Time of Sanguinity

Spring, a Time of Sanguinity
Nature and the Four Temperaments

Reading / culture
Spring is commonly associated with new life and warmth. Yet it is also connected with blood – more specifically, the sanguine temperament. Kamila Dzika-Jurek

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Memories of Violence

Memories of Violence
An Interview with Michel Laub

Reading / culture
Michel Laub – author of “Diary of the Fall”, among other books – talks about inheriting trauma, the situation of Jewish people in Brazil, and the mechanisms of violence. Aleksandra Lipczak
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The Creatives and Art of Poland’s Jewish Ghettoes

The Creatives and Art of Poland’s Jewish Ghettoes

Reading / culture
Occupied Poland’s Jewish Ghettoes were home to creatives – painters, writers, musicians and actors who continued to produce art in spite of their circumstances. Sylwia Stano 

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Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic

Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic
Water in Mythology

Magazine / culture
The mythologies and meanings of water across history and various cultures seem to share some similarities – from its life-giving properties to the flood myth. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR
Stanisław Lem

Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR

Reading / culture
A scholar talks about why Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem was so well-received in the Soviet Union – and why he continues to be popular in Russia to this day. Dariusz Kuźma