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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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All Quiet on the Eastern Front

All Quiet on the Eastern Front
An Interview with Elena Kostyuchenko

Magazine / culture
Journalist and activist Elena Kostyuchenko talks about the dangers of her investigative journalism, the new Russia, and why she will always struggle to leave the country of her birth. Paulina Wilk

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The Nation of Many Christs

The Nation of Many Christs
An Interview with Jędrzej Morawiecki

Magazine / culture
Writer Jędrzej Morawiecki talks about the myths and misconceptions surrounding Russia, as well as what led him to fall in love with the country. Jan Pelczar
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Too Close to Midnight

Too Close to Midnight
An Interview with Yael Bartana

Reading / culture
Israeli visual artist Yael Bartana talks about the prospect of women ruling the world, patriarchal norms, and her new film “Two Minutes to Midnight”. Mateusz Demski

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A Short Film About Womanhood

A Short Film About Womanhood
An Interview with Mania Akbari

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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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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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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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Let’s Bury Young Werther

Let’s Bury Young Werther
An Interview with Alain de Botton

Magazine / culture
Philosopher Alain de Botton talks about how Romanticism has shaped our notions of love and what we can do to deconstruct this. Aleksandra Reszelska

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Living a Simple Life Is Not Simplistic

Living a Simple Life Is Not Simplistic
An Interview with Ryan Nicodemus

Reading / culture
Ryan Nicodemus – part of the The Minimalists duo – talks about what minimalism means, how to stop craving new things, and the documentary “The Minimalists: Less Is Now”. Dariusz Kuźma
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Moderation Marcus

Moderation Marcus
An Interview with Marcus Aurelius

Magazine / culture
The one-time Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius talks with a modern-day Stoic about moderation, Zbigniew Herbert and smartphones. Piotr Stankiewicz

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That’s What Heroes Are

That’s What Heroes Are
An Interview with David France

Reading / culture
David France talks about how he made “Welcome to Chechnya”, a harrowing yet inspiring documentary about LGBT persecution in Chechnya and the activists that oppose repression. Dariusz Kuźma