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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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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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Our Day of Reckoning Won’t Stay
short story

Our Day of Reckoning Won’t Stay

Reading / literature
1967, the Polish People’s Republic. An upstanding officer of the Citizen’s Militia, one Sergeant Teofil Olkiewicz, is sent to a metalworks to investigate the theft of a drill. He might come back with more than he’s expecting... Ryszard Ćwirlej
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This Fable Along with Others

This Fable Along with Others
Professor Inkblot’s Academy

Reading / literature
In the first published translation of Jan Brzechwa’s beloved children’s series “Professor Inkblot’s Academy”, a new student, Adam, is sent to fetch a box of matches from a neighbouring fairy-tale world... Jan Brzechwa
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The Art of Translation with Marek Kazmierski

The Art of Translation with Marek Kazmierski
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Marek Kazmierski speaks with Valdemar about his favourite Polish fictional heroes, flying over the Czersk valley, and his latest translation of Jan Brzechwa’s “Professor Inkblot’s Academy”. Ernest Valdemar

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Professor Tamura’s Springtails
short story

Professor Tamura’s Springtails

Reading / literature
When Professor Tamura moved to Warsaw with his wife, he wanted only one thing: to study the local springtails. A fictional crime story with a zoological twist. Joanna Rudniańska
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The Solution
short story

The Solution

Reading / literature
In a distant future, Candace Laguarde has run out of the pharmaceutic Femper. If she doesn’t get some more soon, who knows what will happen… A short story by an American author. Mitchell Atkinson III

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The Adventures of Sindbad the Seafarer
Fiction

The Adventures of Sindbad the Seafarer
The First Adventure

Reading / literature
In the first translation of Bolesław Leśmian’s classic children’s book “The Adventures of Sindbad the Seafarer”, the eponymous character discovers that he has been usurped by a doppelgänger... Bolesław Leśmian
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An Encounter in Tirana
short story

An Encounter in Tirana

Reading / literature
One day, the Head Assistant of Dental Medicine finds himself in Tirana for a dentistry conference. Little does he know that he will find his late father, too. A short story by a Bulgarian writer. Olya Stoyanova

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Two Romanian Poems
Poematic

Two Romanian Poems

Reading / literature
“I am a Hawaian swimmer. Fisherman / drawn to stories, angel fish, currents.” Two poems by Romanian poet Ștefan Manasia. Ștefan Manasia
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A Fragile Autumn and Restless Hummingbirds
Fiction

A Fragile Autumn and Restless Hummingbirds

Reading / literature
In this excerpt from Czech writer Radka Denemarková’s novel “A Contribution to the History of Joy”, we join a policeman as he investigates the scene of the death of a wealthy businessman in Prague. The facts suggest a suicide, but not all is as it seems... Radka Denemarková

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What Lies Under the Water?
Non-Fiction

What Lies Under the Water?

Reading / literature
In this unpublished extract from Katarzyna Boni’s “Ganbare! Workshop of Dying”, we join two men in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefercture on the day the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck the town. Katarzyna Boni
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Winter Camp
Non-Fiction

Winter Camp

Reading / literature
In this extract from Tania Skarynkina’s “A Large Czesław Miłosz With A Dash of Elvis Presley”, the writer remembers a childhood trip from Belarus to the Artek holiday camp in Crimea. Tania  Skarynkina

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The Art of Translation with Jim Dingley

The Art of Translation with Jim Dingley
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Jim Dingley speaks with Valdemar about his favourite contemporary Belarusian authors, wrestling (with words), and his latest translation of Tania Skarynkina’s “A Large Czesław Miłosz With a Dash of Elvis Presley”. Ernest Valdemar
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Four Fine Fellows
short story

Four Fine Fellows

Reading / literature
In this short story based on true events that took place in Kielce in 1946, we join a militiaman, a baker, a cobbler and a caretaker in a pub, as they talk about honesty. Jacek Dehnel

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Magnet
Poematic

Magnet

Reading / literature
“They didn’t live together, which meant / they had two fridges for their growing collection / of magnets.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Krystyna Dąbrowska
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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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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
Wojciech
Chmielarz
Jan Ciemniewski
Jan
Ciemniewski
Matthew
Coachinger
Krystyna
Dąbrowska
Dorota Danielewicz
Dorota
Danielewicz
Jacek
Dehnel
Mateusz
Demski
Radka
Denemarková
Damjan
Dobrila
Natalia
Domagała
Joanna
Domańska
Olga Drenda
Olga
Drenda
Agnieszka
Drotkiewicz
Marta
Dymek
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
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
Urszula
Honek
Matthias
Horx
Alyssa
Hull
I-J
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
Hanna
Liubakova
Ana
Maria Luca
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
Marcin
Moskalewicz
Anita
Musioł
Marcin Napiórkowski
Marcin
Napiórkowski
Tomek Niewiadomski
Tomek
Niewiadomski
Katarzyna
Nosowska
O-P
Paulina
Olszanka
Wojciech
Orliński
Ewa Pawlik
Ewa
Pawlik
Piotr
Paziński
Fred
Pearce
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel
Włodzimierz
Karol Pessel
Ada
Petriczko
Grzegorz
Piątek
Tomasz
Pindel
Sam
Pulham
Agata
Pyzik
R-S
Marek Raczkowski
Marek
Raczkowski
Jonathan
L. Ramsey
Anna
Rembowska
Aleksandra
Reszelska
Joanna
Rudniańska
Kristina
Sabaliauskaitė
Sigal
Samuel
Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin
Sardar
Serena
Scateni
Renata
Senktas
Tetiana
Shataieva
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
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
Jędrzej
Wojnar
Marcin
Wroński
Ludwika
Włodek
X-Y
Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa
Yogananda
Z-Ż
Urszula Zajączkowska
Urszula
Zajączkowska
Marta
Zboralska
Agata
Zborowska
Adam
Zdrodowski
Piotr
Żelazny