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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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Reading
Reading
Reading / literature
Captain Nobody
Captain Nobody
Reading / literature

We imagine how Captain Nemo might have looked, had he been a Polish aristocrat fighting Russian tyranny, as Jules Verne originally intended in “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”.

Adam Węgłowski

Reading / literature
The End of the World
The End of the World
Reading / literature

Our writer imagines a situation in which the world ends – by returning every animate and inanimate thing to its beginning.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Magazine / culture
The Fable of the Fearful Man
The Fable of the Fearful Man
Magazine / culture

On the 210th anniversary of the death of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Tomasz Wiśniewski pays tribute to the great tzadik by writing a literary parable.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Reading / literature
Our Day of Reckoning Won’t Stay
Our Day of Reckoning Won’t Stay
Reading / literature

1967, the Polish People’s Republic. An upstanding officer of the Citizen’s Militia, one Sergeant Teofil Olkiewicz, is sent to a metalworks to investigate the theft of a drill. He might come back with more than he’s expecting...

Ryszard Ćwirlej

Reading / literature
Professor Tamura’s Springtails
Professor Tamura’s Springtails
Reading / literature

When Professor Tamura moved to Warsaw with his wife, he wanted only one thing: to study the local springtails. A fictional crime story with a zoological twist.

Joanna Rudniańska

Reading / literature
The Solution
The Solution
Reading / literature

In a distant future, Candace Laguarde has run out of the pharmaceutic Femper. If she doesn’t get some more soon, who knows what will happen… A short story by an American author.

Mitchell Atkinson III

Reading / literature
An Encounter in Tirana
An Encounter in Tirana
Reading / literature

One day, the Head Assistant of Dental Medicine finds himself in Tirana for a dentistry conference. Little does he know that he will find his late father, too. A short story by a Bulgarian writer.

Olya Stoyanova

Reading / literature
Four Fine Fellows
Four Fine Fellows
Reading / literature

In this short story based on true events that took place in Kielce in 1946, we join a militiaman, a baker, a cobbler and a caretaker in a pub, as they talk about honesty.

Jacek Dehnel

Reading / literature
Eleos
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

Reading / literature
His Majesty the King of Cats
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

Reading / literature
Accommodations
Accommodations
Reading / literature

In this excerpt from an autobiographical novel by Wioletta Greg, we time-travel to Poland in the 1990s, where the book’s protagonist finds herself once again homeless and despairing in the streets of Częstochowa on New Year’s Eve.

Wioletta Greg

Reading / literature
First Star of David
First Star of David
Reading / literature

3 Smocza Street. David Spilman, an Israeli teenager, has memorized this address from the letters his grandma used to receive. But what waits for him in Warsaw, once the home of his grandma, on Christmas Eve?

Joanna Rudniańska

Reading / literature
When They Come in Our Dreams
When They Come in Our Dreams
Reading / literature

Sometimes the dreams in which we find ourselves are more vivid than the realities from which we have just arrived… A short story from one of Poland’s finest writers of the form.

Kornel Filipowicz

Reading / literature
We’re All Going to Die
We’re All Going to Die
Reading / literature

A short story not only for children.

Łukasz Kaniewski

Reading / literature
Medulla
Medulla
Reading / literature

A short story involving a hip café, heartache, and large lush plants, written by one of our regular contributors.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Reading / literature
Ginkgo
Ginkgo
Reading / literature

Haunted by its dreams, a young child is taken to the Ginkgo, where a wise teacher awaits it… A short story set after the Anthropocene epoch, on a green hill beyond the rusty mountains.

Joanna Rudniańska

Reading / literature
Izaak Feldwurm’s Manuscript
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

Magazine / literature
The Sloven
The Sloven
Magazine / 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

Reading / literature
Night
Night
Reading / literature

A lonely man sits in his Minsk apartment, catching up on the latest developments in artificial intelligence. His girlfriend rings him from Nepal, just as a world-changing event begins in the sky above... An excerpt from a Belarusian novel set in the near future.

Victor Martinovich

Reading / literature
Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam
Reading / literature

Dougal has just arrived in Lagos to meet Chief Ernest, a Nigerian man who emailed the British schoolteacher about his late uncle’s inheritance. It seems like a 419, but who’s scamming who?

Leye Adenle

Reading / literature
The Tale of the Plastic Bag
The Tale of the Plastic Bag
Reading / literature

In the distant future, Plastic Bag meets Diamond on Henderson Island, a plastic-strewn landmass in the Pacific Ocean. A short story set in the Plasticozoic Era.

Joanna Rudniańska

Reading / literature
How Did We Discover Stanisław Lem’s Unpublished Short Story?
How Did We Discover Stanisław Lem’s Unpublished Short Story?
Reading / literature

How did we find a previously unpublished short story of Stanisław Lem, one of the most celebrated Polish writers of all time?

Przekrój

Reading / literature
The Model Worker
The Model Worker
Reading / literature

In the near future, work has become fully automated. Humans spend their days doing whatever they like, helped by robots. Nonetheless, for Wili, something is missing… A short story set in Warsaw.

Artur Kornel

Magazine / literature
Too Much Love
Too Much Love
Magazine / literature

A young man’s corpse is found at an eighteenth birthday party. Is it a drug-related death, a suicide, or perhaps even a murder? A short story set in Warsaw.

Wojciech Chmielarz

Reading / literature
The Armband
The Armband
Reading / literature

One day, six-year-old Helena is gifted a ‘magical’ armband by her friend Tomek. But the armband has some unexpected effects... An excerpt from the book “Kotka Brygidy” [Brygida’s Cat], set in wartime Warsaw.

Joanna Rudniańska