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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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Reborn in the Forest

Reborn in the Forest
The Genesis of Sebastião Salgado’s Latter Photography

Magazine / society
After years of documenting death and suffering, the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado turned his lens towards life – the biodiversity of our planet’s flora and fauna, and its indigenous peoples who live in harmony with nature. Agata Kasprolewicz
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Gingko
short story

Gingko

Reading / literature
Haunted by its dreams, a young child is taken to the Gingko, 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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Bedouins and Sandynauts

Bedouins and Sandynauts
A Kepler Base in the Desert

Reading / science
In the heat of Oman’s Dhofar desert, two very different groups of temporary inhabitants go through their monotonous yet important daily routines. Agata Romaniuk
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Helping from the Kitchen

Helping from the Kitchen
A Food-Based Altruism

Reading / society
Changing the world might seem like a superhuman task, but it’s within all of our capabilities. When it comes to food, there are plenty of ways for us to make a difference through being altruistic. Marta Dymek
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I Lost a Friend
archives

I Lost a Friend
On the Death of a Four-Pawed Companion

Reading / society
Dogs are more than man’s best friend – they teach us something about each other, too. One of our authors laments a loss in this article from the 1960 edition of “Przekrój”. Jan Stoberski

Zobacz
It Should Be OK.

It Should Be OK.

Media / Photo
Young people occupy an extraordinary place in the history of Września. They were the heroes of the Września children strike that later became a symbol of young people’s struggle for freedom – of the individual and the nation alike. Almost 120 years after those events took place, photographer Zuza Krajewska was invited to create this year’s edition of the Września Collection project. The artist decided to take a closer look at the contemporary generation of young Poles from Września.
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The Art of Translation with Ursula Phillips

The Art of Translation with Ursula Phillips
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Ursula Phillips speaks with Valdemar about being a Slavic librarian, the inherent compromises of translation, and wrestling with Adam Mickiewicz. Ernest Valdemar

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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 Trouble with Too Many Bodies

The Trouble with Too Many Bodies
Contemporary Cemetery Solutions

Reading / society
As the global population continues to grow, an uncomfortable question arises: where do we find the space to continue storing the deceased? Paulina Wilk

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Zbigniew
Libera

Without End

Reading / feuilleton
Death is, of course, an intangible concept while we are living, yet we seem to distance ourselves from even talking about it.
Czytaj
2nd November 1848

2nd November 1848
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe was in a decidely bad place. With a string of successful literary works behind him, what exactly was causing the writer’s melancholia? Adam Węgłowski

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Reconciliation by Light

Reconciliation by Light
On All Saints’ Day and Death

Reading / society
The Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day is not usually practised in the Anglosphere. But for Poles (and others in Central and Eastern Europe), it is an important holiday that puts death in its place and looks towards life. Paulina Olszanka
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The Various Incarnations of Reincarnation

The Various Incarnations of Reincarnation
Is There Life After Death?

Reading / society
A belief in metempsychosis (or the transmigration of souls) has held popular appeal across many cultures – both ancient and modern; through Judeo-Christian and Dharmic religions. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death

10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death

Reading / science
If you don't want to know anything about your death, consider this your spoiler warning. Kevin Dickinson/Big Think
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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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The Art of Translation with Miroslaw Lipinski

The Art of Translation with Miroslaw Lipinski
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Miroslaw Lipinski speaks with Valdemar about his conversations with (the long-deceased) Grabiński, his love for trains, and returning as Tarzan in a future life. Ernest Valdemar
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A Watchman over Forgotten Lines

A Watchman over Forgotten Lines
Stefan Grabiński’s “The Motion Demon”

Reading / culture
The supernatural prose of Stefan Grabiński reveals a plethora of earthbound horror that is right before our eyes. This is particularly apparent in his collection of railway-themed uncanny tales, “The Motion Demon”. Sam Pulham

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November in History

November in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of November. Adam Węgłowski
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The Evil Continent

The Evil Continent
Catastrophes, Witchcraft, and (Un)Happy Islands at the Istanbul Biennial

Reading / culture
Do we already belong to a lost civilization, although we do not yet know it? Does President Erdoğan have any painting talent? Will the seventh continent become the new Pangea? And what does the contemporary art world think about all of this? Stach Szabłowski

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Death, or a Cannonball Jump

Death, or a Cannonball Jump
An Innocent Discussion about Death

Reading / society
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, Ewa Pawlik talks to Lu and her friends about that ever-so-autumnal subject: death. Ewa Pawlik