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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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Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising

Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising

Reading / literature
“I’ll hide in the wall, I’ll go into the wall / like a centipede. / Everyone will die, and I / will survive.” Three poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) from her 1974 collection “Building the Barricade”. Anna Świrszczyńska
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Cycling Notebooks

Cycling Notebooks

Reading / literature
In 1939, the 26-year-old Pole Andrzej Bobkowski found himself stranded in France. He started to keep a diary of his everyday experiences as an outsider in an occupied country. We present a selection of entries covering a bicycle trip from southern France to Paris. Andrzej Bobkowski
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raw material
Poematic

raw material

Reading / literature
“I can’t teach you to tell polymer from mesoglea...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet. Anna Adamowicz

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The Transformation

The Transformation

Magazine / literature
Our writer imagines an episode from the life of the alchemist Michał Sędziwój, who, after attempting the transmutation of gold, starts to see the world differently... Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Darkness He Called Night
deep soundings

The Darkness He Called Night

Reading / literature
“Virtue’s a kind / of despair, / masquerading as care.” A poem by a leading American ‘Language poet’. Charles Bernstein
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Night

Night

Reading / literature
A lonely man sits in his Minsk apartment, catching up on the latest developments in artificial intelligence. His girlfriend rings him from Nepal, just as a world-changing event begins in the sky above... An excerpt from a Belarusian novel set in the near future. Victor Martinovich

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alamo
Poematic

alamo

Reading / literature
“And also her lips, a chilly shade of pink, the scar / above her right eye.” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet. Magdalena Gałkowska
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Could Have

Could Have

Reading / literature
A poem by a Polish Nobel Prize winner, translated by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh. Wisława Szymborska

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Uncle Sam
short story

Uncle Sam

Reading / literature
Dougal has just arrived in Lagos to meet Chief Ernest, a Nigerian man who emailed the British schoolteacher about his late uncle’s inheritance. It seems like a 419, but who’s scamming who? Leye Adenle
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A Trip To Świder

A Trip To Świder

Reading / literature
“Are you going to Świder? / Because I’m going to Świder.” A poem by a “Przekrój” favourite. Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński

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A Playful Nostalgia for a Lost World

A Playful Nostalgia for a Lost World
An Introduction to “A Trip to Świder”

Reading / literature
The translators of “A Trip to Świder” introduce Gałczyński’s poem, and describe the relevance of its setting – a one-time suburban summer resort with a distinct architectural style. Renata Senktas & Christopher Reid 
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Mrs Mohr Goes Missing
In translation

Mrs Mohr Goes Missing

Reading / literature
A corpse has been discovered at a retirement home run by nuns, but Zofia is not convinced that the death was entirely natural... Antonia Lloyd-Jones translates an excerpt from the first novel in a period crime series featuring Zofia Turbotyńska. Maryla Szymiczkowa

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The Art of Translation with Antonia Lloyd-Jones

The Art of Translation with Antonia Lloyd-Jones
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Antonia Lloyd-Jones speaks with Valdemar about grisly murders, the elegance of Polish, and the lanky ghost of Józef Czapski. Ernest Valdemar
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The Tale of the Plastic Bag
short story

The Tale of the Plastic Bag

Reading / literature
In the distant future, Plastic Bag meets Diamond on Henderson Island, a plastic-strewn landmass in the Pacific Ocean. A short story set in the Plasticozoic Era. Joanna Rudniańska

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The Hunt
In translation

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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Immigrant Sea
deep soundings

Immigrant Sea

Reading / literature
“The way / he searches out her face, he searches out himself”. A poem by the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner. Forrest Gander

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An Introduction to Forrest Gander’s “Immigrant Sea”
deep soundings

An Introduction to Forrest Gander’s “Immigrant Sea”

Reading / literature
Forrest Gander’s poem “Immigrant Sea” describes a sensual and intellectual encounter, which ebbs and flows across the page, just like its protagonist’s recognition of himself. Julia Fiedorczuk
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The Door
short story

The Door

Reading / literature
About 10 years ago, a door appeared behind the church’s side altar. We don’t know what happened behind that door, but we do know that it was life-changing. A short story set in the Polish countryside. Magda Kiełbowicz

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Anna
Adamowicz
Leye
Adenle
Adam
Aduszkiewicz
Wojtek Antonów
Wojtek
Antonów
Anna
Arno
Kamil
Bałuk
Edwin Bendyk
Edwin
Bendyk
Stanisław
Bereś
Charles
Bernstein
Andrzej
Bobkowski
Zygmunt Borawski
Zygmunt
Borawski
dr
Ryan Bromley
Jan
Brzechwa
C-D
Wojciech
Chmielarz
Jan Ciemniewski
Jan
Ciemniewski
Matthew
Coachinger
Dorota Danielewicz
Dorota
Danielewicz
Olga Drenda
Olga
Drenda
Agnieszka
Drotkiewicz
Marta
Dymek
E-F
Everything's
Gonna Be Alright
Julia Fiedorczuk
Julia
Fiedorczuk
Agnieszka
Fiedorowicz
Profesor
Filutek
Paweł
Franczak
G-H
Aleksandra
Galewska
Forrest
Gander
Konstanty
Ildefons Gałczyński
Magdalena
Gałkowska
Mikołaj
Golachowski
Włodek Goldkorn
Włodek
Goldkorn
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
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
Jarosław  Mikołajewski
Jarosław
Mikołajewski
Jerzy Miłkowski
Jerzy
Miłkowski
Marcin Napiórkowski
Marcin
Napiórkowski
Tomasz Niewiadomski
Tomasz
Niewiadomski
Katarzyna
Nosowska
O-P
Ewa Pawlik
Ewa
Pawlik
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel
Włodzimierz
Karol Pessel
R-S
Marek Raczkowski
Marek
Raczkowski
Aleksandra
Reszelska
Joanna
Rudniańska
Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin
Sardar
Marshall
Govindan Satchidananda
Renata
Senktas
Agata
Sikora
The
Rojek Sisters
Iza Smelczyńska
Iza
Smelczyńska
Katarzyna Sroczyńska
Katarzyna
Sroczyńska
Izabela
„Czajka” Stachowicz
Tomasz Stawiszyński
Tomasz
Stawiszyński
Agnieszka Stein
Agnieszka
Stein
Łukasz
Stępnik
Anna
Świrszczyńska
Stach Szabłowski
Stach
Szabłowski
Jerzy
Szaniawski
Irena „Kika” Szaszkiewiczowa
Irena
„Kika” Szaszkiewiczowa
Wisława Szymborska
Wisława
Szymborska
Maryla
Szymiczkowa
T-U
Antonina
Małgorzata Tosiek
Agata
Trzebuchowska
Katarzyna
Tubylewicz
Katarzyna Tyszkiewicz-Borawska
Katarzyna
Tyszkiewicz-Borawska
Konstanty
Usenko
V-W
Ernest
Valdemar
Julia
E. Wahl
Adam Węgłowski
Adam
Węgłowski
January
Weiner
Paulina Wilk
Paulina
Wilk
Tomasz Wiśniewski
Tomasz
Wiśniewski
Agnieszka
Wójcińska
Marcin
Wroński
Wszystko
Będzie Dobrze
Ludwika
Włodek
Z-Ż
Urszula Zajączkowska
Urszula
Zajączkowska
Agata
Zborowska
Piotr
Żelazny