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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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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

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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
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Superflat Depths

Superflat Depths
Takashi Murakami’s Art Movement

Magazine / culture
Superflat is a postmodern art movement, founded by the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and influenced by popular culture, such as manga and anime. Karol Sienkiewicz

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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

Magazine / culture
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 Mendieta

Magazine / culture
The work of the Cuban-American performance artist Ana Mendieta still resonates 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

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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