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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 Golden Age of Silver

The Golden Age of Silver
Gems Set in History

Reading / culture
The Georgian era in Britain was a time of opulence. What jewellery trends emerged during this period of middle- and upper-class wealth? Tomasz Wichrowski

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Roland Barthes, “A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments”

Roland Barthes, “A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments”
Illustrated Snippets

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“You wait for me where I do not want to go: you love me where I do not exist.” An excerpt from Roland Barthes’s “A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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Nikolai Gogol, “The Nose”

Nikolai Gogol, “The Nose”
Illustrated Snippets

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“He put in his finger, and drew out – a nose!” An excerpt from Nikolai Gogol’s short story “The Nose”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 

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Janusz Korczak, “How to Love a Child”

Janusz Korczak, “How to Love a Child”
Illustrated Snippets

Magazine / culture
“A child breathes inner promise...” An excerpt from Janusz Korczak’s “How to Love a Child”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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Bruno Schulz, “Second Autumn”

Bruno Schulz, “Second Autumn”
Illustrated Snippets

Magazine / culture
“This autumn is a great traveling theater dissembling through poetry...” An excerpt from Bruno Schulz’s short story “Second Autumn”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 

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A Three-Dimensional Nothing

A Three-Dimensional Nothing
Holograms and Art

Magazine / culture
In the 1960s and 1970s, the invention of holograms seemed to represent huge potential for the art world. Why did the use of this technique never catch on? Stach Szabłowski
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An Artist of Many Faces

An Artist of Many Faces
The Life of Nadia Léger

Magazine / culture
Nadia Léger – also known as Wanda Chodasiewicz – is barely remembered today. Yet the painter practised a great many styles, playing a significant role in Polish art history. Zbigniew Libera

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People, Plants and Gods

People, Plants and Gods
The Birth of Agriculture

Magazine / culture
The Neolithic revolution brought with it the advent of agriculture. What exactly did this entail and who should we thank for it? Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Lematrix
Stanisław Lem

Lematrix
The Illusory Worlds of Stanisław Lem

Magazine / culture
The books of science fiction writer Stanisław Lem contain interesting – if disturbing – visions of the world around us as a mere illusion. Piotr Paziński

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The Fig Tree Remembers

The Fig Tree Remembers
A Lesson in Co-Existence

Magazine / culture
In her latest book “The Island of Missing Trees”, novelist Elif Shafak gives voice to a fig tree, raising pertinent questions about borders and belonging. Paulina Wilk
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The Pishtaco Emerges from the Andes

The Pishtaco Emerges from the Andes
The Origins of the Andean Bogeyman

Magazine / culture
The pishtaco – a seemingly mythical creature that lives among the Indigenous peoples of the Andes – has its origins in the real-life events of Spanish colonialism. Tomasz Pindel

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A Short Film About Womanhood

A Short Film About Womanhood
An Interview with Mania Akbari

Magazine / culture
Iranian director Mania Akbari talks about living with illness, exile from her home country, and being a female artist in a world that is still marred by patriarchy. Artur  Zaborski
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Art for Art’s Sake?
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Art for Art’s Sake?

Magazine / culture
Admiring a work of art often feels like an emotionally-enriching experience. But does engaging with the arts actually instigate demonstrable psychological change? Ellen Winner

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Jewels for a Select Few

Jewels for a Select Few
Gems Set in History

Reading / culture
The rituals of the Freemasons are shrouded in secrecy, but what about the symbols and iconography on Masonic jewellery? Tomasz Wichrowski
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Lem, the Prophet
Stanisław Lem

Lem, the Prophet
How the Sci-Fi Writer Foresaw the Future

Magazine / culture
More than half a century ago, the Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem predicted a great deal of the gadgets and technology that we regularly use today. Mikołaj Gliński

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War Is a Male Game

War Is a Male Game
An Interview with Jasmila Žbanić

Reading / culture
Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić talks about her film “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, the Srebrenica massacre, and why women’s perspectives of war are important. Mateusz Demski
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What Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris” would be like if other famous sci-fi and fantasy authors had written it
Stanisław Lem

What Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris” would be like if other famous sci-fi and fantasy authors had written it

Reading / culture
What would be the result if some other popular sci-fi and fantasy writers were to try their hand at Stanisław Lem’s “Solaris”? All sorts of great books! Grzegorz Uzdański

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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
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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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The Great Forger

The Great Forger
Gems Set in History

Reading / culture
Stanisław Poniatowski owned one of the most remarkable – and scandalous – collections of ancient carved gemstones. Tomasz Wichrowski