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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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Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell

Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell

Reading / culture
A brief summary for those of you who haven’t read the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 winner’s books until the very end. Grzegorz Uzdański
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Time and Ice

Time and Ice

Reading / culture
According to Icelandic legends, the world started with a frozen cow. From its udders came the four rivers that nourished the world. An Icelandic writer reflects on the glaciers of his homeland. Andri Snær Magnason
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Medulla
short story

Medulla

Reading / literature
A short story involving a hip café, heartache, and large lush plants, written by one of our regular contributors. Julia Fiedorczuk

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He Who Asks Doesn’t Photograph

He Who Asks Doesn’t Photograph
A Conversation About the Legacy of Robert Frank

Reading / culture
Art historian Ania Diduch talks with photographer Wojtek Wieteska about out of focus photographs, deckchairs, and colliding with the world at “Unseen”, an exhibition of Robert Frank’s work at the renowned gallery, C/O Berlin. Ania Diduch & Wojtek Wieteska
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Eyes of Green

Eyes of Green
21 Trees That Bear Witness to History

Reading / science
Trees can live for hundreds – and in some cases, tens of thousands – of years, making them the most well-versed historians… if only we could communicate with them. Adam Węgłowski
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Paris Photo 2019

Paris Photo 2019

Media / Photo
Paris Photo is the most important art fair dedicated entirely to photography. The event attracts thousands of visitors as well as hundreds of galleries and artists. We present you with our selection of photos from this year’s 23rd edition of the Paris photography fair.
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The Stump Prophet

The Stump Prophet
The Sculptures of Heródek

Reading / culture
To some, Karol Wójciak was a local eccentric; to others, he was an artist with a singular aesthetic. To most, he was known as Heródek, the creator of wooden gnotek sculptures of angels and saints. Berenika Steinberg
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Ginkgo
short story

Ginkgo

Reading / literature
Haunted by its dreams, a young child is taken to the Ginkgo, where a wise teacher awaits it… A short story set after the Anthropocene epoch, on a green hill beyond the rusty mountains. Joanna Rudniańska

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The “Unseen” Photography of Robert Frank

The “Unseen” Photography of Robert Frank
An Interview with Martin Gasser

Reading / culture
Curator Martin Gasser talks about the death of his long-term collaborator Robert Frank, how he conceived his latest exhibition, and the value of ‘unseen’ photographs. Ania Diduch & Wojtek Wieteska
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Bedouins and Sandynauts

Bedouins and Sandynauts
A Kepler Base in the Desert

Reading / science
In the heat of Oman’s Dhofar desert, two very different groups of temporary inhabitants go through their monotonous yet important daily routines. Agata Romaniuk

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Helping from the Kitchen

Helping from the Kitchen
A Food-Based Altruism

Reading / society
Changing the world might seem like a superhuman task, but it’s within all of our capabilities. When it comes to food, there are plenty of ways for us to make a difference through being altruistic. Marta Dymek
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I Lost a Friend
archives

I Lost a Friend
On the Death of a Four-Pawed Companion

Reading / society
Dogs are more than man’s best friend – they teach us something about each other, too. One of our authors laments a loss in this article from the 1960 edition of “Przekrój”. Jan Stoberski

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It Should Be OK.

It Should Be OK.

Media / Photo
Young people occupy an extraordinary place in the history of Września. They were the heroes of the Września children strike that later became a symbol of young people’s struggle for freedom – of the individual and the nation alike. Almost 120 years after those events took place, photographer Zuza Krajewska was invited to create this year’s edition of the Września Collection project. The artist decided to take a closer look at the contemporary generation of young Poles from Września.
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The Art of Translation with Ursula Phillips

The Art of Translation with Ursula Phillips
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Ursula Phillips speaks with Valdemar about being a Slavic librarian, the inherent compromises of translation, and wrestling with Adam Mickiewicz. Ernest Valdemar

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Izaak Feldwurm’s Manuscript
short story

Izaak Feldwurm’s Manuscript

Reading / literature
In this excerpt from one of Piotr Paziński’s short stories, Pan Abram leads a mysterious search for a lost literary manuscript and its legendary author in what was once the heart of Jewish Warsaw, characterized by its ‘Bird Streets’. Piotr Paziński
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The Trouble with Too Many Bodies

The Trouble with Too Many Bodies
Contemporary Cemetery Solutions

Reading / society
As the global population continues to grow, an uncomfortable question arises: where do we find the space to continue storing the deceased? Paulina Wilk

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Zbigniew
Libera

Without End

Reading / feuilleton
Death is, of course, an intangible concept while we are living, yet we seem to distance ourselves from even talking about it.
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2nd November 1848

2nd November 1848
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe was in a decidedly bad place. With a string of successful literary works behind him, what exactly was causing the writer’s melancholia? Adam Węgłowski

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Reconciliation by Light

Reconciliation by Light
On All Saints’ Day and Death

Reading / society
The Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day is not usually practised in the Anglosphere. But for Poles (and others in Central and Eastern Europe), it is an important holiday that puts death in its place and looks towards life. Paulina Olszanka
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The Various Incarnations of Reincarnation

The Various Incarnations of Reincarnation
Is There Life After Death?

Reading / society
A belief in metempsychosis (or the transmigration of souls) has held popular appeal across many cultures – both ancient and modern; through Judeo-Christian and Dharmic religions. Tomasz Wiśniewski