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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

Literature

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137 Seconds (Part I)
Stanisław Lem

137 Seconds (Part I)

Reading / literature
“137 Seconds” is a short story by Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem, translated into English for the first time by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Stanisław Lem
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137 Seconds (Part II)
Stanisław Lem

137 Seconds (Part II)

Reading / literature
“137 Seconds” is a short story by Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem, translated into English for the first time by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Stanisław Lem
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137 Seconds (Part III)
Stanisław Lem

137 Seconds (Part III)

Reading / literature
“137 Seconds” is a short story by Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem, translated into English for the first time by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Stanisław Lem

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*William Shakespeare

*William Shakespeare
New Verse by Once-Famous Poets

Reading / literature
A poem written in the style of the famous English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Grzegorz Uzdański
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*Rainer Maria Rilke

*Rainer Maria Rilke
New Verse by Once-Famous Poets

Reading / literature
A poem written in the style of the famous Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Grzegorz Uzdański
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*Anna Akhmatova

*Anna Akhmatova
New Verse by Once-Famous Poets

Reading / literature
A poem written in the style of the famous Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. Grzegorz Uzdański

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*Jorge Luis Borges

*Jorge Luis Borges
New Verse by Once-Famous Poets

Reading / literature
A poem written in the style of the famous Argentine writer (and poet) Jorge Luis Borges. Grzegorz Uzdański
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Alone in the Bosom of Nature
Non-Fiction

Alone in the Bosom of Nature

Reading / literature
It is often said that Sweden is a ‘loners’ paradise’, but there is more to this than meets the eye. How, for example, is the Swedish concept of ‘solitude’ connected with time spent in nature? Katarzyna Tubylewicz

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Totentanz

Totentanz

Reading / literature
A late poem from one of the greatest Polish poets of the last century. Tadeusz Różewicz
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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 Cold
Non-Fiction

A Cold
On Lem, Philip K. Dick and the FBI

Reading / literature
In an extract from his book “Out of this World: The Life of Stanisław Lem”, Wojciech Orliński describes a sensational yet often misunderstood encounter between Stanisław Lem and Philip K. Dick, in which the latter denounced the former as a thief. Wojciech Orliński
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The Hunt
short story

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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Weather this
deep soundings

Weather this

Reading / literature
“Hello day, I wanted to talk to you about the weather,/ though I never stop talking about it in blood and breath.” A poem by a contemporary British poet. Zoë Skoulding
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Zoë Skoulding’s “Weather this”

Reading / literature
Zoë Skoulding’s poem “Weather this” is both playful and serious, teasing out a meditation on how we perceive the natural world.
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And Now, a Legend...
Fiction

And Now, a Legend...

Reading / literature
An old legend about a knight and a blacksmith, told as a short fairy tale by a much-loved Polish children’s author. Marian Orłoń
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Pukke
Fiction

Pukke

Reading / literature
One of our authors imagines the encounters of various Swedes – and a Pole! – with a mythical imp known as Pukke. Grzegorz Uzdański

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To Everything, Tern Tern Tern
short story

To Everything, Tern Tern Tern

Reading / literature
A short story set in 2040, when due to global warming Iceland’s climate becomes vastly colder and harsher. A biology teacher disappears during a school trip and her daughter starts to search for her. Birna Anna Björnsdóttir
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You Don’t Exist
Fiction

You Don’t Exist
An Excerpt from the Novel “Erased”

Reading / literature
In this extract from Miha Mazzini’s “Erased”, two Slovenians have an unpleasant surprise when trying to return to an apartment in Ljubljana. Miha Mazzini

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Anna
Adamowicz
Leye
Adenle
Mariam
Adetona
Adam
Aduszkiewicz
Wojtek Antonów
Wojtek
Antonów
Anna
Arno
Mitchell
Atkinson III
David
P. Barash
Kamil
Bałuk
Jaimee
Bell
Edwin Bendyk
Edwin
Bendyk
Stanisław
Bereś
Anna
Berestecka
Robby
Berman
Charles
Bernstein
Andrzej
Bobkowski
Paweł
Boguszewski
Dominika
Bok
Katarzyna
Boni
Hanna
Bora
Zygmunt Borawski
Zygmunt
Borawski
dr
Ryan Bromley
Jan
Brzechwa
Stasia
Budzisz
Agnieszka
Burton
C-D
Stephen
Carlick
Artem
Chekh
Wojciech
Chmielarz
Jan Ciemniewski
Jan
Ciemniewski
Matthew Coachinger
Matthew
Coachinger
Ryszard
Ćwirlej
Krystyna
Dąbrowska
Dorota Danielewicz
Dorota
Danielewicz
Ram
Dass
Jacek Dehnel
Jacek
Dehnel
Mateusz
Demski
Radka
Denemarková
Robbert
Dijkgraaf/Quanta Magazine
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
Rami
Gabriel
Aleksandra
Galewska
Forrest
Gander
Konstanty
Ildefons Gałczyński
Magdalena
Gałkowska
Zuzanna
Ginczanka
Marcelo
Gleiser
Mikołaj
Gliński
Mikołaj
Golachowski
Włodek Goldkorn
Włodek
Goldkorn
Maurycy
Gomulicki
Marek
Górlikowski
Maria
Górz
Stefan
Grabiński
Paulina Grabowska
Paulina
Grabowska
Carmen
Gray
Richard
Greenhill
Wioletta
Greg
Jay
Griffiths
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
Paweł
Huelle
Alyssa
Hull
I-J
Wojciech
Jagielski
Kuba Janicki
Kuba
Janicki
Paweł
Janiszewski
Łukasz
Jarosz
Miłada Jędrysik
Miłada
Jędrysik
Rebecca
May Johnson
K-Ł
Aleksander
Kaczorowski
Wailana
Kalama
Marta
Kania
Łukasz Kaniewski
Łukasz
Kaniewski
Grzegorz
Kasdepke
Magda
Kiełbowicz
Jowita
Kiwnik Pargana
Bartłomiej
Kluska
Michał
Korkosz
Artur
Kornel
Ivan
Krastev
Marcel
Kruger
Michał
Książek
Rafał
Kucharczuk
Monika
Kucia
Luka
Kurjački
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
Beth
Lord
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
Marcin
Masecki
Daniel
Mason
Miha
Mazzini
Paulina
Małochleb
Gordon
Meade
Katarzyna
Michalczak
Jarosław  Mikołajewski
Jarosław
Mikołajewski
Anna
Mitchell
Jerzy Miłkowski
Jerzy
Miłkowski
Zygmunt
Miłoszewski
Ka
Mochi
Aleksei
Morozov
Marcin
Moskalewicz
Anita
Musioł
Marcin Napiórkowski
Marcin
Napiórkowski
Jill
Neimark
Sylwia
Niemczyk
Tomek Niewiadomski
Tomek
Niewiadomski
Katarzyna
Nosowska
Łukasz
Nowacki
O-P
Paulina
Olszanka
Wojciech
Orliński
Marian
Orłoń
Osho
Tim
Parks
Nick
Paumgarten
Ewa Pawlik
Ewa
Pawlik
Piotr
Paziński
Fred
Pearce
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel
Włodzimierz
Karol Pessel
Ada
Petriczko
Grzegorz
Piątek
Tomasz
Pietrzak
Tomasz
Pindel
Sam
Pulham
Kazimierz
Pytko
Agata
Pyzik
R-S
Marek Raczkowski
Marek
Raczkowski
Karol
Radziszewski
Jonathan
L. Ramsey
Paul
Ratner
Anna
Rembowska
Aleksandra
Reszelska
Tadeusz
Różewicz
Joanna
Rudniańska
Laura
Ruggles
Kristina
Sabaliauskaitė
Sigal
Samuel
Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin
Sardar
Ren
Scateni
Mat
Schulz
Waithera
Sebatindira
Agnieszka
Dorota Sekuła
Renata
Senktas
Shoaib
Shafi
Tetiana
Shataieva
Karol
Sienkiewicz
Agata
Sikora
Leigh
Singer
The
Rojek Sisters
Tomasz
Sitarz
Tania
Skarynkina
Zoë
Skoulding
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
Juliusz
Strachota
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
Jonny
Thomson
Boyd
Tonkin
Antonina
Małgorzata Tosiek
Agata
Trzebuchowska
Katarzyna
Tubylewicz
Tiare
Tuuhia
Katarzyna Tyszkiewicz-Borawska
Katarzyna
Tyszkiewicz-Borawska
Konstanty
Usenko
Grzegorz Uzdański
Grzegorz
Uzdański
Ana
Uzelac
V-W
Ernest
Valdemar
Julia
E. Wahl
Monika
Waraxa
Warren
Ward
Adam Węgłowski
Adam
Węgłowski
January
Weiner
January
Weiner & January Weiner
Tomasz Wichrowski
Tomasz
Wichrowski
Paulina Wilk
Paulina
Wilk
Ellen
Winner
Tomasz Wiśniewski
Tomasz
Wiśniewski
Agnieszka
Wójcińska
Jędrzej
Wojnar
Natalie
Wolchover/Quanta Magazine
Gillen
D’Arcy Wood
Marcin
Wroński
Ludwika
Włodek
X-Y
Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa
Yogananda
Enis
Yucekoralp
Z-Ż
Michał
Zabłocki
Urszula Zajączkowska
Urszula
Zajączkowska
Teodora
Zareva
Marta
Zboralska
Agata
Zborowska
Adam
Zdrodowski
Piotr
Żelazny