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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!

Literature

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137 Seconds (Part I)
Stanisław Lem

137 Seconds (Part I)

Reading / literature
“137 Seconds” is a short story by Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem, translated into English for the first time by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Stanisław Lem
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137 Seconds (Part II)
Stanisław Lem

137 Seconds (Part II)

Reading / literature
“137 Seconds” is a short story by Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem, translated into English for the first time by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Stanisław Lem
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137 Seconds (Part III)
Stanisław Lem

137 Seconds (Part III)

Reading / literature
“137 Seconds” is a short story by Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem, translated into English for the first time by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Stanisław Lem

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Sound of Body, Sound of Mind

Sound of Body, Sound of Mind
The Science of Music Therapy

Reading / science
From free jazz to Bach, both music therapy and self-directed listening can have multiple health benefits for the human brain and mind. Enis Yucekoralp
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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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My Three Wishes
Non-Fiction

My Three Wishes

Reading / literature
In 1980, the Polish science-fiction writer Stanisław Lem was asked by a German publisher to list his three most personal wishes. He reveals them in this exclusive translation. Stanisław Lem

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A Cold
Non-Fiction

A Cold
On Lem, Philip K. Dick and the FBI

Reading / literature
In an extract from his book “Out of this World: The Life of Stanisław Lem”, Wojciech Orliński describes a sensational yet often misunderstood encounter between Stanisław Lem and Philip K. Dick, in which the latter denounced the former as a thief. Wojciech Orliński
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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
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The Hunt
short story

The Hunt
Stanisław Lem’s Unknown Story

Reading / literature
Racing across mountains and remote backwoods, a solitary figure is on the run from a team of heavily armed hunters. Will he manage to get away? Antonia Lloyd-Jones's translation of a previously unknown story by the great master of science fiction. Stanisław Lem

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Stanisław
Bereś

A Typescript Found in a Folder

Reading / literature
A previously unknown short story by science fiction author Stanisław Lem was recently discovered in his archives. A literary scholar discusses how “The Hunt” remained hidden for so long, and what the story might mean.
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How Did We Discover Stanisław Lem’s Unpublished Short Story?

How Did We Discover Stanisław Lem’s Unpublished Short Story?
The Origins of “The Hunt”

Reading / literature
How did we find a previously unpublished short story of Stanisław Lem, one of the most celebrated Polish writers of all time? Przekrój 

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Longing for Emptiness

Longing for Emptiness
How to Avoid Overstimulation

Reading / society
In a world of social media and internet scrolling, information is everywhere. How can we turn off and avoid overstimulating our brains? Aleksandra Kozłowska
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1313 Was a Strange Year…

1313 Was a Strange Year…
The World Before European Domination

Magazine / society
The world of 1313 was vastly different. Empires and states were thriving in Africa and Asia, while Europe was of much lesser significance. Adam Węgłowski

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20th September 1519

20th September 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, Ferdinand Magellan set sail for the Maluku Islands under the banner of Spain. Yet his attempt to circumnavigate the globe was seemingly doomed from the start... Adam Węgłowski
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September in History

September in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of September. Adam Węgłowski

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The Man Who Measured the World

The Man Who Measured the World
The Life of Alexander von Humboldt

Magazine / science
Alexander von Humboldt spent most of his life observing and measuring nature across the world. In many ways, he is the godfather of ecology. Mirosław Wlekły
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Okroshka and Dacha

Okroshka and Dacha
Two Highlights of the Russian Summer

Reading / society
The Russian summer is characterized by dacha summer houses and cold okroshka soup. What is the origin of these two cultural phenomena? Aleksei Morozov

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Anna
Adamowicz
Leye
Adenle
Adam
Aduszkiewicz
Wojtek Antonów
Wojtek
Antonów
Anna
Arno
Mitchell
Atkinson III
David
P. Barash
Kamil
Bałuk
Jaimee
Bell
Edwin Bendyk
Edwin
Bendyk
Stanisław
Bereś
Anna
Berestecka
Robby
Berman
Charles
Bernstein
Andrzej
Bobkowski
Paweł
Boguszewski
Katarzyna
Boni
Hanna
Bora
Zygmunt Borawski
Zygmunt
Borawski
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Ryan Bromley
Jan
Brzechwa
Stasia
Budzisz
Agnieszka
Burton
C-D
Stephen
Carlick
Artem
Chekh
Wojciech
Chmielarz
Jan Ciemniewski
Jan
Ciemniewski
Matthew Coachinger
Matthew
Coachinger
Ryszard
Ćwirlej
Krystyna
Dąbrowska
Dorota Danielewicz
Dorota
Danielewicz
Jacek Dehnel
Jacek
Dehnel
Mateusz
Demski
Radka
Denemarková
Damjan
Dobrila
Natalia
Domagała
Joanna
Domańska
Tadeusz
Dołęga-Mostowicz
Olga Drenda
Olga
Drenda
Szymon
Drobniak
Agnieszka
Drotkiewicz
Marta
Dymek
Ida
Dzik
E-F
Everything's
Gonna Be Alright
Taylor Fang
Taylor
Fang
Julia Fiedorczuk
Julia
Fiedorczuk
Agnieszka
Fiedorowicz
Kornel
Filipowicz
Profesor
Filutek
Paweł
Franczak
Gergő
Fülöp
G-H
Aleksandra
Galewska
Forrest
Gander
Konstanty
Ildefons Gałczyński
Magdalena
Gałkowska
Zuzanna
Ginczanka
Marcelo
Gleiser
Mikołaj
Gliński
Mikołaj
Golachowski
Włodek Goldkorn
Włodek
Goldkorn
Maurycy
Gomulicki
Marek
Górlikowski
Maria
Górz
Stefan
Grabiński
Paulina Grabowska
Paulina
Grabowska
Carmen
Gray
Richard
Greenhill
Wioletta
Greg
Jay
Griffiths
Joanna Grochocka
Joanna
Grochocka
Malcolm
Harris
James
Hatch
Maria
Hawranek
Gordon
Hempton
Scotty
Hendricks
Jason
Hickel
Micaela
Marini Higgs
Elias
Hirschl
Cynthia
Hogue
Urszula
Honek
Matthias
Horx
Paweł
Huelle
Alyssa
Hull
I-J
Wojciech
Jagielski
Kuba Janicki
Kuba
Janicki
Paweł
Janiszewski
Łukasz
Jarosz
Miłada Jędrysik
Miłada
Jędrysik
Rebecca
May Johnson
K-Ł
Aleksander
Kaczorowski
Wailana
Kalama
Łukasz Kaniewski
Łukasz
Kaniewski
Grzegorz
Kasdepke
Magda
Kiełbowicz
Jowita
Kiwnik Pargana
Bartłomiej
Kluska
Michał
Korkosz
Artur
Kornel
Ivan
Krastev
Marcel
Kruger
Michał
Książek
Rafał
Kucharczuk
Monika
Kucia
Luka
Kurjački
Dariusz
Kuźma
Łukasz
Lamża
Stanisław Lem
Stanisław
Lem
Katarzyna Lengren
Katarzyna
Lengren
Zbigniew Lengren
Zbigniew
Lengren
Bolesław
Leśmian
Zbigniew
Libera
Renata
Lis
Bogumiła
Lisocka-Jaegermann
Hanna
Liubakova
Beth
Lord
Ana
Maria Luca
Mikołaj Łoziński
Mikołaj
Łoziński
Stanisław
Łubieński
Łukasz
Łuczaj
M-N
Andri
Snær Magnason
Magdalena
Maksimiuk
Ștefan
Manasia
Wojciech Mann
Wojciech
Mann
Victor
Martinovich
Marcin
Masecki
Daniel
Mason
Miha
Mazzini
Paulina
Małochleb
Gordon
Meade
Jarosław  Mikołajewski
Jarosław
Mikołajewski
Anna
Mitchell
Jerzy Miłkowski
Jerzy
Miłkowski
Zygmunt
Miłoszewski
Ka
Mochi
Aleksei
Morozov
Marcin
Moskalewicz
Anita
Musioł
Marcin Napiórkowski
Marcin
Napiórkowski
Tomek Niewiadomski
Tomek
Niewiadomski
Katarzyna
Nosowska
Łukasz
Nowacki
O-P
Paulina
Olszanka
Wojciech
Orliński
Marian
Orłoń
Osho
Nick
Paumgarten
Ewa Pawlik
Ewa
Pawlik
Piotr
Paziński
Fred
Pearce
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel
Włodzimierz
Karol Pessel
Ada
Petriczko
Grzegorz
Piątek
Tomasz
Pietrzak
Tomasz
Pindel
Sam
Pulham
Kazimierz
Pytko
Agata
Pyzik
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Marek Raczkowski
Marek
Raczkowski
Karol
Radziszewski
Jonathan
L. Ramsey
Anna
Rembowska
Aleksandra
Reszelska
Joanna
Rudniańska
Laura
Ruggles
Kristina
Sabaliauskaitė
Sigal
Samuel
Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin
Sardar
Ren
Scateni
Mat
Schulz
Agnieszka
Dorota Sekuła
Renata
Senktas
Shoaib
Shafi
Tetiana
Shataieva
Karol
Sienkiewicz
Agata
Sikora
Leigh
Singer
The
Rojek Sisters
Tomasz
Sitarz
Tania
Skarynkina
Zoë
Skoulding
Iza Smelczyńska
Iza
Smelczyńska
Rebecca
Solnit
Michał
Sosiński
Katarzyna Sroczyńska
Katarzyna
Sroczyńska
Izabela
„Czajka” Stachowicz
Curt
Stager
Tomasz Stawiszyński
Tomasz
Stawiszyński
Agnieszka Stein
Agnieszka
Stein
Łukasz
Stępnik
Jan
Stoberski
Olya
Stoyanova
Juliusz
Strachota
Jacek
Świdziński
Anna
Świrszczyńska
Stach Szabłowski
Stach
Szabłowski
Witold
Szabłowski
Jerzy
Szaniawski
Irena „Kika” Szaszkiewiczowa
Irena
„Kika” Szaszkiewiczowa
Mariusz
Szczygieł
Małgorzata
Szejnert
Wisława Szymborska
Wisława
Szymborska
Maryla
Szymiczkowa
T-U
Boyd
Tonkin
Antonina
Małgorzata Tosiek
Agata
Trzebuchowska
Katarzyna
Tubylewicz
Katarzyna Tyszkiewicz-Borawska
Katarzyna
Tyszkiewicz-Borawska
Konstanty
Usenko
Grzegorz Uzdański
Grzegorz
Uzdański
Ana
Uzelac
V-W
Ernest
Valdemar
Julia
E. Wahl
Monika
Waraxa
Warren
Ward
Adam Węgłowski
Adam
Węgłowski
January
Weiner
January
Weiner & January Weiner
Tomasz Wichrowski
Tomasz
Wichrowski
Paulina Wilk
Paulina
Wilk
Tomasz Wiśniewski
Tomasz
Wiśniewski
Agnieszka
Wójcińska
Jędrzej
Wojnar
Natalie
Wolchover/Quanta Magazine
Gillen
D’Arcy Wood
Marcin
Wroński
Ludwika
Włodek
X-Y
Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa
Yogananda
Enis
Yucekoralp
Z-Ż
Michał
Zabłocki
Urszula Zajączkowska
Urszula
Zajączkowska
Teodora
Zareva
Marta
Zboralska
Agata
Zborowska
Adam
Zdrodowski
Piotr
Żelazny