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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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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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Izaak Feldwurm’s Manuscript
short story

Izaak Feldwurm’s Manuscript

Reading / literature
In this excerpt from one of Piotr Paziński’s short stories, Pan Abram leads a mysterious search for a lost literary manuscript and its legendary author in what was once the heart of Jewish Warsaw, characterized by its ‘Bird Streets’. Piotr Paziński
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The Sloven
short story

The Sloven

Reading / literature
Woe betide the train passengers if The Sloven strikes them. This sweaty, grimy demon always heralds disaster. Will it appear again today on the route to Gron? We present a chilling story, written by the father of Polish fantasy, Stefan Grabiński. Stefan Grabiński

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Franco’s Black Pearls
short story

Franco’s Black Pearls

Reading / literature
A century or so ago, Vilnius was a very different place to today. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė takes us on a trip past the streets and characters of the city once known as Wilno, in this excerpt from her collection of stories about modern Lithuania’s capital. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė
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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 Transformation
short story

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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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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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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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 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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The Door
short story

The Door
Mark Ordon

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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Henryk Ochorowicz Steps Across the Threshold
short story

Henryk Ochorowicz Steps Across the Threshold

Reading / literature
In 1935, Henryk Ochorowicz found his soulmate in a small Warsaw bookstore. Unfortunately, she was Queen Marysieńka, a Polish monarch who had died over 200 years earlier. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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The Model Worker
short story

The Model Worker

Reading / literature
In the near future, work has become fully automated. Humans spend their days doing whatever they like, helped by robots. Nonetheless, for Wili, something is missing… A short story set in Warsaw. Artur Kornel
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Too Much Love

Too Much Love

Magazine / literature
A young man’s corpse is found at an eighteenth birthday party. Is it a drug-related death, a suicide, or perhaps even a murder? A short story set in Warsaw. Wojciech Chmielarz

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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
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
Mateusz
Demski
Joanna
Domańska
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
Gliński
Mikołaj
Golachowski
Włodek Goldkorn
Włodek
Goldkorn
Stefan
Grabiński
Carmen
Gray
Joanna Grochocka
Joanna
Grochocka
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
Gordon
Meade
Jarosław  Mikołajewski
Jarosław
Mikołajewski
Jerzy Miłkowski
Jerzy
Miłkowski
Marcin Napiórkowski
Marcin
Napiórkowski
Tomasz Niewiadomski
Tomasz
Niewiadomski
Katarzyna
Nosowska
O-P
Paulina
Olszanka
Wojciech
Orliński
Ewa Pawlik
Ewa
Pawlik
Piotr
Paziński
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel
Włodzimierz
Karol Pessel
Sam
Pulham
R-S
Marek Raczkowski
Marek
Raczkowski
Aleksandra
Reszelska
Joanna
Rudniańska
Kristina
Sabaliauskaitė
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
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
Antonina
Małgorzata Tosiek
Agata
Trzebuchowska
Katarzyna
Tubylewicz
Katarzyna Tyszkiewicz-Borawska
Katarzyna
Tyszkiewicz-Borawska
Konstanty
Usenko
Grzegorz Uzdański
Grzegorz
Uzdański
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
Adam
Zdrodowski
Piotr
Żelazny