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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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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In this unpublished extract from Katarzyna Boni’s “Ganbare!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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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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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
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
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
Maurycy
Gomulicki
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
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
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
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
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel
Włodzimierz
Karol Pessel
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
Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin
Sardar
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
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