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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!

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The Magnificent Nine

The Magnificent Nine
A Subjective List of the Selfless

Magazine / society
Some people lead their lives with compassion and empathy, showing love not only to their nearest and dearest, but also to those whom they don’t know at all. Agata Kasprolewicz

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Deep Adaptation to the Climate Crisis
Mind the climate

Deep Adaptation to the Climate Crisis
Coping with the Inconvenient Truth

Reading / society
The climate crisis is a reality, right now, that much is indisputable. But how do we adapt to such a difficult and devastating ecological truth? Robert Rient
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Holy Silence
healthy living

Holy Silence
A Benedictine Retreat

Magazine / society
Sometimes, our modern lives become cluttered with too much psychological noise. That’s when it’s nice to step away, perhaps to a convent, for a silent retreat. Aleksandra  Kozłowska

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There Is Beautiful Light in the Dark

There Is Beautiful Light in the Dark
An Interview with Ilona Wiśniewska

Magazine / society
Reportage journalist Ilona Wiśniewska talks about living in the north of Norway, experiencing the northern lights, and preparing for the polar night. Jan Pelczar
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Eucalyptus Is Burning Portugal

Eucalyptus Is Burning Portugal
Trouble with Invasive Trees

Reading / society
In June 2017, deadly wildfires struck central Portugal. In the village of Nodeirinho, locals suspect that the invasive eucalyptus tree may have been to blame. Maria Dybcio

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Our Favourite Architecture From the ‘New East’

Our Favourite Architecture From the ‘New East’
Top 10 of the Decade

Reading / society
As we reach the end of the 2010s, “Przekrój” looks back on our favourites of the last decade. Here, we give a subjective overview of the best architectural designs realized in Central and Eastern Europe. Zygmunt Borawski
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A Bittersweet Fairy Tale
Eastern blocks

A Bittersweet Fairy Tale
Life in a Łódż High Rise

Reading / society
In the fourth instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Anna Rembowska, a childhood resident of the Assistant Professors’ Hostel high rise in Łódż, remembers growing up as if in a Kusturica film. Anna Rembowska

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The Himalayan Super Express

The Himalayan Super Express
The Story of Nirmal Purja

Magazine / society
In 2019, a Nepalese man set off on ‘Project Possible’ – a plan to ascend all 14 eight-thousander mountains in seven months. In the end, he exceeded all expectations. Paulina Wilk
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Patria in Need

Patria in Need
An Unusual Hotel in the Mountains

Magazine / society
In the 1930s, the singer Jan Kiepura and architect Bohdan Pniewski started to create a hotel in the Krynica spa resort in the south of Poland. The result was a wonderful feat of architecture. Grzegorz Piątek

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On Rowanberries and Parsnip

On Rowanberries and Parsnip

Magazine / society
In this edition of “Miracle Diet”, we look at how to cook with the fruit of the rowan tree, the history of the parsnip, and life living on an allotment. Monika Kucia
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Like a Cow Chewing Grass
healthy living

Like a Cow Chewing Grass
Breaking Free From Rumination

Reading / society
Negative thoughts tire us out psychologically. Sometimes they return again and again, like a boomerang, trapping our mind in a difficult cycle. What can we do with such thoughts? Jowita Kiwnik Pargana

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A Cure for a Lack of Reason

A Cure for a Lack of Reason
An Interview with Paul Bloom

Magazine / society
Paul Bloom talks about the importance of human reason, how we might make moral progress, and why we would all benefit from having less empathy. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Culinary Meditation
healthy living

Culinary Meditation
The Art of Slow Cooking

Magazine / society
On lazy days – when you want to cook without effort and take time to read or day-dream – it’s good to know some methods for kitchen action with no action at all. Monika Kucia

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Flying Over a Frozen Lake
sports

Flying Over a Frozen Lake
A Brief History of Ice Yachting

Magazine / society
In the interwar period, Poland was the European capital of ice yachting. People still sail across the ice today. Wojtek Antonów
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February in History

February in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of February. Adam Węgłowski

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Our Own Little Bubble
Eastern blocks

Our Own Little Bubble
Life in the ‘Blokovi’ of New Belgrade

Reading / society
In the third instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Damjan Dobrila, a life-long resident of Belgrade, remembers the community spirit of a childhood spent in the Serbian capital’s brutalist housing estates. Damjan Dobrila
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The Map of Violence Is Mutating

The Map of Violence Is Mutating
An Interview with Óscar Martínez

Reading / society
Óscar Martínez talks about criminal control of migration in Mexico, the realities of life in El Salvador, and why the subjects of reportage are its real heroes. Aleksandra Lipczak

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Masters of Flying a Falling Iron

Masters of Flying a Falling Iron
How Polish Aviators Dominated the Sport

Magazine / society
When it comes to precision and navigation rally flying, Poland leads the world. This, despite their most successful pilots developing and training against the backdrop of the communist Polish People’s Republic. Michał Szadkowski i Piotr Żelazny
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Poster-Child of the Counterculture
A seasonal dish

Poster-Child of the Counterculture
How to Make Your Own Granola

Magazine / society
Our gastronomy expert muses on the revolutionary roots of toasted oats, and gives a recipe for homemade granola. dr Ryan Bromley

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One Happy Family
Eastern blocks

One Happy Family
Life on a Dnipro Housing Estate

Reading / society
In the second instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Tetiana Shataieva, a Ukrainian journalist who grew up on a housing estate in Dnipro, remembers how her neighbours always looked out for each other. Tetiana Shataieva