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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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Eleos
short story

Eleos

Reading / literature
One day, Jan Radecki, a doctoral student in neuroscience, discovers the opportunity to apply for a grant from the Ministry of War for an ambitious project involving mirror neurons. Will his project get the funding? And is the project itself ethical? Michał Sosiński
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His Majesty the King of Cats
short story

His Majesty the King of Cats

Reading / literature
What is happiness? In this short story, a film critic searches for the answer to this evergreen question while recounting an anecdote about an Oscar-winning Polish director who seems very familiar... Wojciech Engelking
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Two Poems
Poematic

Two Poems

Reading / literature
“You impregnated me and I gave birth to pearls. / Authentic. Look.” Two poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) about an older woman’s Eros. Anna Świrszczyńska

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Two Poems

Reading / literature
The poetry of Anna Świrszczyńska – who practiced her art in communist Poland – is all the more remarkable for its unabashed and serious representation of femininity.
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Accommodations
Fiction

Accommodations

Reading / literature
In this excerpt from an autobiographical novel by Wioletta Greg, we time-travel to Poland in the 1990s, where the book’s protagonist finds herself once again homeless and despairing in the streets of Częstochowa on New Year’s Eve. Wioletta Greg
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The Art of Translation with Jennifer Croft

The Art of Translation with Jennifer Croft
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Jennifer Croft speaks with Valdemar about dancing, her upcoming translation of Olga Tokarczuk’s “Books of Jacob”, and Wioletta Greg’s ability to make poetry out of everyday life. Ernest Valdemar

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When They Come in Our Dreams
short story

When They Come in Our Dreams

Reading / literature
Sometimes the dreams in which we find ourselves are more vivid than the realities from which we have just arrived… A short story from one of Poland’s finest writers of the form. Kornel Filipowicz
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The Art of Translation with Anna Zaranko

The Art of Translation with Anna Zaranko
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Anna Zaranko speaks with Valdemar about the prescience of Kornel Filipowicz, her upcoming project, and when translation becomes like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Ernest Valdemar

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Tell Them That We Are Starving
Non-Fiction

Tell Them That We Are Starving

Reading / literature
In this unpublished translation from Mirosław Wlekły’s “Gareth Jones: The Man Who Knew Too Much”, the journalist recounts his conservations with communists and peasants as he heads from Moscow to Soviet Ukraine. Mirosław Wlekły
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in this light
deep soundings

in this light

Reading / literature
“...a painter provides a season, / a setting, and an oil-thick frame of mind.” A poem by an American great. Evie Shockley

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Evie Shockley’s “in this light”

Reading / literature
Evie Shockley’s poem “in this light” tackles three Impressionist paintings in a way that shows the poet’s incredible synesthetic imagination.
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We’re All Going to Die
short story

We’re All Going to Die

Reading / literature
A short story not only for children. Łukasz Kaniewski

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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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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 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 Sloven
short story

The Sloven

Reading / literature
Woe betide the train passengers if The Sloven strikes them. This sweaty, grimy demon always heralds disaster. Will it appear again today on the route to Gron? We present a chilling story, written by the father of Polish fantasy, Stefan Grabiński. Stefan Grabiński
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The Art of Translation with Miroslaw Lipinski

The Art of Translation with Miroslaw Lipinski
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Miroslaw Lipinski speaks with Valdemar about his conversations with (the long-deceased) Grabiński, his love for trains, and returning as Tarzan in a future life. Ernest Valdemar

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How to Feed a Dictator
Non-Fiction

How to Feed a Dictator
Saddam and the Koftas

Reading / literature
In this exclusive excerpt from Witold Szabłowski’s upcoming book “How to Feed a Dictator”, a former chef of Saddam Hussein recalls the day that the late dictator cooked him koftas on his boat… with near-disastrous results. Witold Szabłowski
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Confession
Poematic

Confession

Reading / literature
“They shriek and compete / for who has the most sins.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Krystyna Dąbrowska

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Anna
Adamowicz
Leye
Adenle
Adam
Aduszkiewicz
Wojtek Antonów
Wojtek
Antonów
Anna
Arno
Kamil
Bałuk
Edwin Bendyk
Edwin
Bendyk
Stanisław
Bereś
Anna
Berestecka
Charles
Bernstein
Andrzej
Bobkowski
Paweł
Boguszewski
Hanna
Bora
Zygmunt Borawski
Zygmunt
Borawski
dr
Ryan Bromley
Jan
Brzechwa
C-D
Wojciech
Chmielarz
Jan Ciemniewski
Jan
Ciemniewski
Matthew
Coachinger
Krystyna
Dąbrowska
Dorota Danielewicz
Dorota
Danielewicz
Mateusz
Demski
Joanna
Domańska
Olga Drenda
Olga
Drenda
Agnieszka
Drotkiewicz
Marta
Dymek
E-F
Everything's
Gonna Be Alright
Julia Fiedorczuk
Julia
Fiedorczuk
Agnieszka
Fiedorowicz
Kornel
Filipowicz
Profesor
Filutek
Paweł
Franczak
G-H
Aleksandra
Galewska
Forrest
Gander
Konstanty
Ildefons Gałczyński
Magdalena
Gałkowska
Mikołaj
Gliński
Mikołaj
Golachowski
Włodek Goldkorn
Włodek
Goldkorn
Stefan
Grabiński
Paulina Grabowska
Paulina
Grabowska
Carmen
Gray
Wioletta
Greg
Joanna Grochocka
Joanna
Grochocka
Maria
Hawranek
Elias
Hirschl
Urszula
Honek
I-J
Kuba Janicki
Kuba
Janicki
Paweł
Janiszewski
Łukasz
Jarosz
K-Ł
Aleksander
Kaczorowski
Łukasz Kaniewski
Łukasz
Kaniewski
Grzegorz
Kasdepke
Magda
Kiełbowicz
Bartłomiej
Kluska
Artur
Kornel
Ivan
Krastev
Michał
Książek
Rafał
Kucharczuk
Monika
Kucia
Dariusz
Kuźma
Łukasz
Lamża
Stanisław Lem
Stanisław
Lem
Katarzyna Lengren
Katarzyna
Lengren
Zbigniew Lengren
Zbigniew
Lengren
Zbigniew
Libera
Renata
Lis
Łukasz
Łuczaj
M-N
Andri
Snær Magnason
Magdalena
Maksimiuk
Wojciech Mann
Wojciech
Mann
Victor
Martinovich
Paulina
Małochleb
Gordon
Meade
Jarosław  Mikołajewski
Jarosław
Mikołajewski
Jerzy Miłkowski
Jerzy
Miłkowski
Marcin Napiórkowski
Marcin
Napiórkowski
Tomasz Niewiadomski
Tomasz
Niewiadomski
Katarzyna
Nosowska
O-P
Paulina
Olszanka
Wojciech
Orliński
Ewa Pawlik
Ewa
Pawlik
Piotr
Paziński
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel
Włodzimierz
Karol Pessel
Grzegorz
Piątek
Tomasz
Pindel
Sam
Pulham
R-S
Marek Raczkowski
Marek
Raczkowski
Jonathan
L. Ramsey
Aleksandra
Reszelska
Joanna
Rudniańska
Kristina
Sabaliauskaitė
Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin
Sardar
Renata
Senktas
Tetiana
Shataieva
Agata
Sikora
The
Rojek Sisters
Tomasz
Sitarz
Iza Smelczyńska
Iza
Smelczyńska
Katarzyna Sroczyńska
Katarzyna
Sroczyńska
Izabela
„Czajka” Stachowicz
Tomasz Stawiszyński
Tomasz
Stawiszyński
Agnieszka Stein
Agnieszka
Stein
Łukasz
Stępnik
Jan
Stoberski
Anna
Świrszczyńska
Stach Szabłowski
Stach
Szabłowski
Witold
Szabłowski
Jerzy
Szaniawski
Irena „Kika” Szaszkiewiczowa
Irena
„Kika” Szaszkiewiczowa
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
Adam Węgłowski
Adam
Węgłowski
January
Weiner
January
Weiner & January Weiner
Paulina Wilk
Paulina
Wilk
Tomasz Wiśniewski
Tomasz
Wiśniewski
Agnieszka
Wójcińska
Marcin
Wroński
Ludwika
Włodek
Z-Ż
Urszula Zajączkowska
Urszula
Zajączkowska
Agata
Zborowska
Adam
Zdrodowski
Piotr
Żelazny