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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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More Than a Thousand Words

More Than a Thousand Words
How the Neuraths Created Isotype

Magazine / culture
Isotype – the set of pictorial symbols developed by Otto and Marie Neurath – was an egalitarian project, aimed at developing a universal language for communicating social-scientific data. Andrzej Kula

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Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

Don’t Follow the Wind

Reading / culture
In Japan, the Fukushima exclusion zone is contaminated with nuclear radiation. It is also the site of an atypical art exhibition.
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With Seneca Among Children

With Seneca Among Children
An Interview with Seneca the Younger

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The Roman philosopher, dramatist and statesman talks with a modern day Stoic about what we can learn from children and how Stoicism can guide us through the contemporary world. Piotr Stankiewicz

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The Body and Its Trace

The Body and Its Trace
The Performance Art of Ana Mendiata

Magazine / culture
The work of the Cuban-American performance artist Ana Mendiata still resonants today, more than three decades after her untimely death. Marta Ziółek
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Hot Springs Eternal

Hot Springs Eternal
The Benefits of Thermal Baths

Magazine / culture
Hot springs and thermal baths have been enjoyed by humans (and animals) for thousands of years. They have health benefits, too. Renata Lis

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Imagining a Future

Imagining a Future
An Interview with Annibale Siconolfi

Reading / culture
Annibale Siconolfi – the 3D artist known as Inward – talks about the inspirations behind his dystopian images, his life in Italy, and why NFTs have revolutionized the art world. Dariusz Kuźma
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The Lost Memoirs of Alexander Selkirk

The Lost Memoirs of Alexander Selkirk
A Real-Life Robinson Crusoe

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In 1704, Alexander Selkirk found himself exiled on the island of Más a Tierra, next to South America. Our author channels Selkirk’s voice to recount his seafaring life. Andrzej Kula

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Painted Children

Painted Children
Childhood in Art History

Magazine / culture
Throughout the history of art, children are rarely depicted affectionately in paintings. Rather, they represent the politics and society of their times. Anna Arno
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I Was a Little Unruly

I Was a Little Unruly
The Life of Kōji Kamoji

Magazine / culture
Kōji Kamoji was born in Japan, but shortly after graduating from art school he moved to Poland, where he has spent the rest of his life making paintings, drawings and installations. Zbigniew Libera

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A Heat Storm Is Coming

A Heat Storm Is Coming
An Unheard Literary Voice

Reading / culture
In her debut novel “We Are All Birds of Uganda”, lawyer Hafsa Zayyan tells a nuanced story of memory and identity, representing the voice of Asian Africans in literature. Paulina Wilk
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Ten Bulls

Ten Bulls

Magazine / culture
Here is an old tale that is part of the Zen tradition. The parable became extremely popular in Japan, from where it reached the West in the 20th century. Kuòān Shīyuăn

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An Old Writer Looks at the New World

An Old Writer Looks at the New World
An Interview with Kazuo Ishiguro

Reading / culture
Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel laureate in Literature, talks about his latest novel “Klara and the Sun”, and what advances in technology might mean for humanity. Sylwia Stano 
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Digital Paradise
Photography

Digital Paradise
An Interview with Wojtek Wieteska and Ania Diduch

Reading / culture
Photographer Wojtek Wieteska and curator Ania Diduch talk about their exhibition “Paradise 101” at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków. Joanna Kinowska

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A Puzzling Artwork (10)

A Puzzling Artwork (10)

Reading / culture
We present a quiz series involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The featured work of this week’s artist is itself one of art history’s most puzzling paintings. Tomasz Wichrowski
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The Dreams of the Sleeping Knight

The Dreams of the Sleeping Knight
A Metaphor for the Unconscious

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The legend of the sleeping knight, who will one day awaken as a saviour, appears in various myths. How can we interpret it? Monika Waraxa

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When Will You Die?

When Will You Die?
Personality Test

Reading / culture
Reveal when you’re going to die – or, indeed, if you’re already dead – in this personality quiz from the Everything’s Gonna Be Alright trio.  Everything's Gonna Be Alright
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A Puzzling Artwork (11)

A Puzzling Artwork (11)

Reading / culture
We present a quiz series involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The featured work of this week’s artist is an early example of US land art. Tomasz Wichrowski

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The Trials of the Dead

The Trials of the Dead
Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Magazine / culture
The ancient Egyptians – quite unlike any other civilization – placed a huge emphasis on death in their customs, rituals and beliefs. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son
The Lesser Known Bach Boy

Magazine / culture
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach lived mostly in the shadow of his father, Johann Sebastian. Yet his music still stands the test of time. Marcin Masecki

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Forman on Freedom

Forman on Freedom
An Interview with Helena Třeštíkova

Reading / culture
The celebrated Czech documentary film-maker Helena Třeštíkova talks about the influence of Miloš Forman on her cinema and how she made the film “Forman vs. Forman”. Mateusz Demski