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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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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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Element of Equilibrium

Element of Equilibrium
Lithium and Mental Health

Reading / culture
In his recent book “Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough”, psychiatrist Walter A. Brown gives an overview of lithium – the drug that has proved to be especially useful for those experiencing bipolar disorder. Paulina Wilk

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Listening to the Stars

Listening to the Stars
An Interview with Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil

Magazine / culture
Polish composer Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil talks about an incredible moment in Nazareth, the importance of silence for composers, and the inspiring beauty of hearing the forest. Jan Pelczar
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A Paradise Called Dziedzinka
archives

A Paradise Called Dziedzinka
The Lodge in the Białowieża Forest

Magazine / culture
In this 1971 article from our archives, a “Przekrój” correspondent visits the Dziedzinka lodge in the Białowieża Forest, where he meets its two inhabitants and their many animal friends. Zbigniew Święch
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Eleos
short story

Eleos

Reading / literature
One day, Jan Radecki, a doctoral student in neuroscience, discovers the opportunity to apply for a grant from the Ministry of War for an ambitious project involving mirror neurons. Will his project get the funding? And is the project itself ethical? Michał Sosiński

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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
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A Life in Song

A Life in Song
The Tempestuous Music of Violeta Parra

Magazine / culture
The singer-songwriter Violeta Parra pioneered the renewal of traditional folk music in her native Chile. She left behind a number of albums, as well as a trail of heartbreak. Aleksandra Lipczak

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A New Year from an Old World

A New Year from an Old World
Stepping Into a Decade of Hope

Magazine / society
The year 1989 was especially significant for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. We take a look at the prognoses “Przekrój” made in our final issue of the 1980s. Ewa Pawlik
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A Subversive Master of Earnestness

A Subversive Master of Earnestness
Marina Abramović Returns to Belgrade

Reading / culture
Marina Abramović has finally returned to her hometown Belgrade with the retrospective exhibition “The Cleaner”. How does the performance artist’s legacy resonate in the city that she has largely left behind? Ana Uzelac

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On the New Zealand Trail

On the New Zealand Trail
Hiking Through Te Araroa

Reading / society
New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail stretches 3000 kilometres, across both the North Island and South Island. It’s a physical challenge, but one that is also spiritually rewarding. Paweł Janeczek
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

The World Can Be Changed

Reading / feuilleton
True, it wasn’t us, but corporations that destroyed the Earth’s climate. Having said that, let’s start acting now, because there is no time to waste and no-one else will do it for us.
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His Majesty the King of Cats
short story

His Majesty the King of Cats

Reading / literature
What is happiness? In this short story, a film critic searches for the answer to this evergreen question while recounting an anecdote about an Oscar-winning Polish director who seems very familiar... Wojciech Engelking
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January in History

January in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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2020: A Smog Odyssey
Mind the climate

2020: A Smog Odyssey
A Foreigner’s Perspective on Polish Smog

Reading / society
Poland has the dirtiest air in the European Union; this problem is particularly prominent in Warsaw and Kraków. It is so bad, that even an American resident of the Polish capital has taken note… Jonathan L. Ramsey
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"Smog Wars"
Mind the climate

"Smog Wars"

Media / Video
Here is a documentary about Poland's smog problem and the country's efforts to tackle it, directed by Jonathan L. Ramsey and produced by Michał Konopa.
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Half For Me, Half For You

Half For Me, Half For You
An Interview with Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma

Reading / culture
Cinematographers Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma talk about "Honeyland", the beekeeping documentary they shot in North Macedonia, and which is hotly-tipped for Oscar success later this year. Dariusz Kuźma
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In the Service of Clouds

In the Service of Clouds
Painting the Skies

Magazine / culture
Art history is full of examples of painters inspired by the heavens – from the old masters to romanticism, clouds have long captured the artistic imagination. Anna Arno

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Fields of Good Energy

Fields of Good Energy
The Life of Soil in Winter

Magazine / society
Our writer makes a winter trip to Aleksandra and Mieczysław Babalski’s organic farm in the north of Poland to discover what happens when the soil is frozen over. Berenika Steinberg
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A Wild Boar Chase
sports

A Wild Boar Chase
Cross-Country Skiing from Morning to Night

Magazine / culture
Why go to the Alps when you can – snow permitting – take a cross-country skiing trip mere kilometres from where you live? Wojtek Antonów

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The Road to Freedom
sports

The Road to Freedom
An Interview with Michał Woroch

Magazine / society
Michał Woroch talks about his plans to trek the Himalayas in a wheelchair, his previous adventures in Mongolia and the Americas, and how he found the perfect madman partner for his travels. Wojtek Antonów