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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!

The fifth issue

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Przekroj Winter 2018 Issue no. 5 (3560) Publication date: 08.12.2017 Polish-language version only

The fifth issue

Winter 2018
Issue no. 5 (3560)
Publication date: 08.12.2017

Polish-language version only

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Real winters are increasingly difficult to come by, so at “Przekrój” we decided to make it up to our readers. This issue is frosty – you’ll feel it as soon as you reach for it, and before you’re done with our contents page, your teeth will be chattering. First, we tell you all about Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic exploration, and Paulina Wilk shares her thoughts on the future of the Antarctic Ocean. We also recommend H.P. Lovecraft’s fantastic short story “Cool Air”, a short introduction to the art of polar bear plunges, and a somewhat longer introduction to curling. Mikołaj Golachowski presents the final and indisputable evidence proving that the Arctic and Antarctic are two completely different places, and that bears do not eat penguins.

However, this issue is not all about cold, frost and snow. “Przekrój” would not be itself without some deeper reflection. We ponder the meaning of life according to Wallachian shepherds and the Nobel laureate Jacek Szostak, also known as the modern-day Doctor Frankenstein. What is time according to the historian of science James Gleick, and to Varsovian watchmaker Jan Szymański? Perhaps we’ll learn something about time from Sandor Katz, the pickling and fermentation guru from New York.

Our readers will have to, yet again, face one of the greatest secrets of all time: how come Marek Raczkowski’s cornucopia of humour never runs dry? Not only has our chief illustrator decorated the Winter issue with plenty of cartoons big and small; on top of that, he also created a calendar for the year 2018. We also recommend Tomek Niewiadomski’s report from the Paris Photo convention, Ewa Pawlik’s reportage on the lives of Polish people in Berlin, and Miłada Jędrysik’s interview with Paweł Pieniążek on why soldiers who fight in Ukraine play computer games. For fans of literature, we have prepared short stories by Joanna Jodełka, Anna Davis and Jerzy Szaniawski. Art lovers can enjoy articles by Joanna Rajkowska and Zbigniew Libera, casting more light on their favourite artworks and artists.

This time, our cover has no single author – it’s the creation of our whole team, with special help from Jan Brzechwa.