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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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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Those Who Dispel the Darkness

Those Who Dispel the Darkness
The Gurus of India

Magazine / society
The Hindu spiritual teachers of the subcontinent play an important role in everyday life, acting as exemplary guides. Yet they are not without their controversies. Maciej Wesołowski
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The Tales of a Belarusian Scheherazade

The Tales of a Belarusian Scheherazade
A Hidden Classic of Gothic Folklore

Magazine / culture
The 19th-century collection of fantastical tales “Nobleman Zavalnya” helped popularize Belarusian literature and folk culture—150 years after it was published. Mikołaj Gliński

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Janusz Korczak’s Indian Dream

Janusz Korczak’s Indian Dream
A Play in the Warsaw Ghetto

Magazine / culture
The Polish pedagogue and children’s author developed an interest in the religions and culture of India and beyond, which informed his worldview amid the brutality of war. Agnieszka Witkowska-Krych
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A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind
The Life of Rabindranath Tagore

Magazine / culture
The great Bengali polymath was an intellectual giant; a poet, thinker, social reformer, and much more, who reshaped the culture of his homeland. Paulina Wilk
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5th December 1952

5th December 1952
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1952, just over a decade after the wartime Blitz, death from above hit the streets of London again. Smog was everywhere, blinding pedestrians and even creeping into cinema screens. Adam Węgłowski

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December in History

December in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of December. Adam Węgłowski
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All the Religions of India

All the Religions of India
An Overview of the Multifaith State

Magazine / society
Although predominantly Hindu, the Indian subcontinent is the birthplace of four major world religions—and is tolerant of many more. Maciej Wesołowski

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The Babus of Nayanjore
short story

The Babus of Nayanjore

Magazine / culture
A short story by the Bengali polymath about the clash between different classes and generations—and between tradition and modernity. Rabindranath Tagore
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Where Does War Come From?

Where Does War Come From?
The Origins of Organized Bloodshed

Magazine / society
Conflict is usually attributed to disputes over land and resources, inherent aggressive tendencies, or gender. Yet perhaps none of the above provide an adequate explanation. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only
The Physics of Rainbows

Magazine / science
The multicolored arches that appear in the sky are optical rather than physical phenomena—and as such are unique to the eyes of each viewer. Szymon Drobniak
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Tears of the Sun

Tears of the Sun
A Cultural History of Amber

Magazine / culture
Fossilized tree resin has been valued for thousands of years, not only because of its yellowy-orange hue, but also for its supposed ritual and medical properties. Tomasz Wichrowski

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A Very Bushy Tale

A Very Bushy Tale
The Huli Jing and Kitsune

Magazine / culture
Shapeshifting trickster foxes are part of Chinese and Japanese folklore. Often portrayed as women, their mythological presence reveals social attitudes and anxieties. Maciej Świetlik
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Like Stroking a Butterfly’s Wing
healthy living

Like Stroking a Butterfly’s Wing
A Most Delicate Massage

Magazine / society
The Butterfly Touch method developed by Eva Reich shows how less means more and how power lies in gentleness. Agnieszka Rostkowska

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The Language of the Gods

The Language of the Gods
A Conversation About Sanskrit

Magazine / society
It is one of the world’s oldest languages and belongs to the Indo-European family, meaning that Sanskrit is still alive and well today—at home and abroad. Agnieszka Rostkowska
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Sleepless Cities

Sleepless Cities
The Compression of Time

Magazine / society
Sleep is the last bastion of rest. Yet a glance at the world’s major urban centers suggests that in the future, humans may increasingly be forced into constant wakefulness. Paulina Wilk

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The Hero in the Labyrinth

The Hero in the Labyrinth
The Pioneering Work of Joseph Campbell

Magazine / society
The American mythologist spent his life examining the cultural role of stories and synthesizing their common motifs into a universal tale of the human experience. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Chemistry of Tea

The Chemistry of Tea
How the Beverage Is Produced

Magazine / society
Behind the seemingly simple cup of tea—one of the world’s most popular infusions—lies a plethora of complex biochemical processes. Szymon Drobniak

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Orange Planet

Orange Planet
A Surprisingly Ubiquitous Color

Magazine / science
Positioned between red and yellow, this fiery hue is often hidden in plain sight—be it in the paint decorating the Golden Gate Bridge or on the leaves of most plants. Szymon Drobniak
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Cosmic Transmissions (Fall, 2022)

Cosmic Transmissions (Fall, 2022)

Magazine / science
Our quarterly communication of news from Earth and outer space, including a wimpy particle, attempts to contact aliens, and the truth about Jupiter’s shocking past. Łukasz Kaniewski