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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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The Dyatlov Pass Tragedy
Non-Fiction

The Dyatlov Pass Tragedy

Reading / literature
In this extract from Alice Lugen’s “The Dyatlov Pass Tragedy”, the author describes the events leading up to the trip during which a group of young hikers died in mysterious circumstances in Russia’s northern Urals. Alice Lugen
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Peter Mac Looks at the Luggage
Non-Fiction

Peter Mac Looks at the Luggage

Reading / literature
In this excerpt from Małgorzata Szejnert’s non-fiction book “Ellis Island: A People’s History”, the author recounts the peculiarities of the island’s multinational luggage room. Małgorzata  Szejnert
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The Art of Translation with Sean Gasper Bye

The Art of Translation with Sean Gasper Bye
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Sean Gasper Bye speaks with Valdemar about the difficulties with Adam Mickiewicz, why sophistication is overrated, and his translation of Małgorzata Szejnert’s “Ellis Island: A People’s History”. Ernest Valdemar

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Boys
Non-Fiction

Boys
An Excerpt from “Absolute Zero”

Reading / literature
In this extract from Artem Chekh’s book “Absolute Zero”, the author gives an account of his experiences as a soldier visiting a town in Eastern Ukraine affected by the war in Donbas. Artem Chekh
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New Jesus
short story

New Jesus

Reading / literature
In the future, people and dogs walk on water. This short story by an award-winning American novelist is the story of a certain beginning. Tommy Orange
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So Much Cash!

So Much Cash!
The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma

Reading / literature
In this excerpt from the first published translation of Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz’s classic 1932 novel “The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma”, the titular protagonist is made an offer he can’t refuse... Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz

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The Art of Translation with Ewa Małachowska-Pasek and Megan Thomas

The Art of Translation with Ewa Małachowska-Pasek and Megan Thomas
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Ewa Małachowska-Pasek and Megan Thomas speak with Valdemar about humour in Polish literature, being a sniper team, and their translation of Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz’s “The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma”. Ernest Valdemar
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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 Time Bomb Explodes
Non-Fiction

A Time Bomb Explodes

Reading / literature
In this extract from Mariusz Szczygieł’s “Not There”, the author visits The Dead People’s Shop in Budapest, Hungary, where he considers making a purchase. Mariusz Szczygieł
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funeral
Poematic

funeral

Reading / literature
“to dust you won’t return / not quite.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Ida Dzik

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Isle of Two Volcanoes
deep soundings

Isle of Two Volcanoes

Reading / literature
“In its crater, instead of magma, / the green chill of a lake.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Krystyna Dąbrowska
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The Simple
deep soundings

The Simple

Reading / literature
“The women cluster at the cathedral,/ hair in careful bouffant helmets/ armored and elegant, poised to herd/ purposefully/ into Mystery.” A poem by a contemporary American poet. Cynthia Hogue

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Cynthia Hogue’s “The Simple”

Reading / literature
Cynthia Hogue’s poem “The Simple” is a rejection of the temptation of absolutes.
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Day at the Anatomy Museum
Poematic

Day at the Anatomy Museum

Reading / literature
“gorgeous guys don’t go about in massive jars— / a thought the Anatomy Museum refutes.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Tomasz Pietrzak

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A Boy and His Tree

A Boy and His Tree
An Excerpt from “The Overstory”

Reading / literature
He wanted to be as simple and honest as the tree that his father planted on the occasion of his birth. We present you with an excerpt from “The Overstory”, the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Fiction. Richard Powers
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De revolutionibus orbium coelestium
Poematic

De revolutionibus orbium coelestium

Reading / literature
“I was eight or nine when knowledge’s two sides, / both ends of the telescope, resolved in my heart.” A poem by an award-winning Polish poet, novelist and translator. Jacek Dehnel

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All Lara’s Wars

All Lara’s Wars

Reading / literature
In this extract from Wojciech Jagielski’s upcoming reportage “All Lara’s Wars”, Lara finally reaches the Syrian border, where she is to meet her son Shamil – now one of the mujahideen fighting under the caliphate. Wojciech Jagielski
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climate psalm
Poematic

climate psalm

Reading / literature
“in a former life / I crammed ripe blueberries into my mouth.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Ida Dzik

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Will You Still Love Me Yesterday?
Fiction

Will You Still Love Me Yesterday?

Reading / literature
In these two extracts from the novel “Will You Still Love Me Yesterday?”, pensioners Grażyna and Ludwik plan a night of passion for the 50th anniversary of their first sexual encounter, before waking up in surprisingly different bodies. Zygmunt Miłoszewski
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The Real James Bond
Non-Fiction

The Real James Bond

Reading / literature
In this extract from “The Birds They Sang”, Stanisław Łubieński explores the origins of James Bond’s name, which – surprisingly enough – was borrowed from an American ornithologist. Stanisław Łubieński

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Anna
Adamowicz
Leye
Adenle
Adam
Aduszkiewicz
Wojtek Antonów
Wojtek
Antonów
Anna
Arno
Mitchell
Atkinson III
Kamil
Bałuk
Edwin Bendyk
Edwin
Bendyk
Stanisław
Bereś
Anna
Berestecka
Robby
Berman
Charles
Bernstein
Andrzej
Bobkowski
Paweł
Boguszewski
Katarzyna
Boni
Hanna
Bora
Zygmunt Borawski
Zygmunt
Borawski
dr
Ryan Bromley
Jan
Brzechwa
C-D
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
Mikołaj
Gliński
Mikołaj
Golachowski
Włodek Goldkorn
Włodek
Goldkorn
Maurycy
Gomulicki
Marek
Górlikowski
Stefan
Grabiński
Paulina Grabowska
Paulina
Grabowska
Carmen
Gray
Richard
Greenhill
Wioletta
Greg
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
Alyssa
Hull
I-J
Wojciech
Jagielski
Kuba Janicki
Kuba
Janicki
Paweł
Janiszewski
Łukasz
Jarosz
Miłada Jędrysik
Miłada
Jędrysik
K-Ł
Aleksander
Kaczorowski
Wailana
Kalama
Łukasz Kaniewski
Łukasz
Kaniewski
Grzegorz
Kasdepke
Magda
Kiełbowicz
Jowita
Kiwnik Pargana
Bartłomiej
Kluska
Artur
Kornel
Ivan
Krastev
Marcel
Kruger
Michał
Książek
Rafał
Kucharczuk
Monika
Kucia
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
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
Daniel
Mason
Miha
Mazzini
Paulina
Małochleb
Gordon
Meade
Jarosław  Mikołajewski
Jarosław
Mikołajewski
Jerzy Miłkowski
Jerzy
Miłkowski
Zygmunt
Miłoszewski
Ka
Mochi
Aleksei
Morozov
Marcin
Moskalewicz
Anita
Musioł
Marcin Napiórkowski
Marcin
Napiórkowski
Tomek Niewiadomski
Tomek
Niewiadomski
Katarzyna
Nosowska
O-P
Paulina
Olszanka
Wojciech
Orliński
Osho
Ewa Pawlik
Ewa
Pawlik
Piotr
Paziński
Fred
Pearce
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel
Włodzimierz
Karol Pessel
Ada
Petriczko
Grzegorz
Piątek
Tomasz
Pietrzak
Tomasz
Pindel
Sam
Pulham
Agata
Pyzik
R-S
Marek Raczkowski
Marek
Raczkowski
Karol
Radziszewski
Jonathan
L. Ramsey
Anna
Rembowska
Aleksandra
Reszelska
Joanna
Rudniańska
Kristina
Sabaliauskaitė
Sigal
Samuel
Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin
Sardar
Serena
Scateni
Renata
Senktas
Shoaib
Shafi
Tetiana
Shataieva
Karol
Sienkiewicz
Agata
Sikora
The
Rojek Sisters
Tomasz
Sitarz
Tania
Skarynkina
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
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
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
Marcin
Wroński
Ludwika
Włodek
X-Y
Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa
Yogananda
Enis
Yucekoralp
Z-Ż
Urszula Zajączkowska
Urszula
Zajączkowska
Marta
Zboralska
Agata
Zborowska
Adam
Zdrodowski
Piotr
Żelazny