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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!

Society

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Okroshka and Dacha

Okroshka and Dacha
Two Highlights of the Russian Summer

Reading / society
The Russian summer is characterized by dacha summer houses and cold okroshka soup. What is the origin of these two cultural phenomena? Aleksei Morozov
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Our Fungal Friends

Our Fungal Friends
Six Surprising Uses for Mushrooms

Magazine / science
We should not only think of mushrooms for their culinary uses – fungi hold immense ecological potential to repair the environment. Łukasz Nowacki

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Jewels for a Select Few

Jewels for a Select Few
Gems Set in History

Reading / culture
The rituals of the Freemasons are shrouded in secrecy, but what about the symbols and iconography on Masonic jewellery? Tomasz Wichrowski
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Nicola’s Fungi

Nicola’s Fungi
An Interview with an Urban Mushroom Farmer

Magazine / society
Nicola Dominici talks about opening his vegan restaurant and becoming an urban mushroom farmer in Miami. Ewa Pawlik
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The Power of Vinegar

The Power of Vinegar
Make Your Own Acetic Acid

Magazine / society
Vinegar has many medicinal properties and health benefits. Even better, it is easy to make your own vinegars at home. Dominika Bok

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A Craving for Cranberries

A Craving for Cranberries
What to Do with Cranberry Fruit

Magazine / society
The edible red fruit of the cranberry shrub is antiseptic, antioxidative and medicinal. It can be used to make juice, liqueur and preserves. Dominika Bok
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Lem, the Prophet
Stanisław Lem

Lem, the Prophet
How the Sci-Fi Writer Foresaw the Future

Magazine / culture
More than half a century ago, the Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem predicted a great deal of the gadgets and technology that we regularly use today. Mikołaj Gliński

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The Beauty Factory

The Beauty Factory
The Aesthetics of Nature

Magazine / science
Nature’s colours and mathematical structures are fascinating. Why do the works of nature delight us so much? Szymon Drobniak
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Sound of Body, Sound of Mind

Sound of Body, Sound of Mind
The Science of Music Therapy

Reading / science
From free jazz to Bach, both music therapy and self-directed listening can have multiple health benefits for the human brain and mind. Enis Yucekoralp

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War Is a Male Game

War Is a Male Game
An Interview with Jasmila Žbanić

Reading / culture
Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić talks about her film “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, the Srebrenica massacre, and why women’s perspectives of war are important. Mateusz Demski
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What Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris” would be like if other famous sci-fi and fantasy authors had written it
Stanisław Lem

What Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris” would be like if other famous sci-fi and fantasy authors had written it

Reading / culture
What would be the result if some other popular sci-fi and fantasy writers were to try their hand at Stanisław Lem’s “Solaris”? All sorts of great books! Grzegorz Uzdański

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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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Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR
Stanisław Lem

Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR

Reading / culture
A scholar talks about why Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem was so well-received in the Soviet Union – and why he continues to be popular in Russia to this day. Dariusz Kuźma

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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 Polish Road to Motorization
Stanisław Lem

The Polish Road to Motorization

Reading / culture
In 1957, future sci-fi legend Stanisław Lem wrote for “Przekrój” about the role of cars and motorization in Polish society – and how it differed from the West. Stanisław Lem
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The Great Forger

The Great Forger
Gems Set in History

Reading / culture
Stanisław Poniatowski owned one of the most remarkable – and scandalous – collections of ancient carved gemstones. Tomasz Wichrowski

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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