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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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You Weren’t Standing Here, Sir!
You Weren’t Standing Here, Sir!
Reading / society

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought various changes to everyday life – for example, in our shopping practices. How do today’s supermarket queues compare to those under communism in Poland?

Natalia Domagała

Reading / society
A Splash of Pepper Vodka
A Splash of Pepper Vodka
Reading / society

In Poland, a number of folk remedies exist for treating common health ailments. Far from being useless, these remedies do have health properties and help people deal with the drag of being unwell.

Paulina Olszanka

Reading / society
Minsk’s Dirty Secret
Minsk’s Dirty Secret
Reading / society

Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is ranked among the top three cleanest cities worldwide. On the surface, this is certainly true. But is this a good thing? And what happens when we peek underneath its shiny veneer?

Hanna Liubakova

Reading / society
The Pandemic’s Black Swan Song
The Pandemic’s Black Swan Song
Reading / society

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we keep hearing that we are living in the ‘new normal’. But how exactly have previous pandemics changed world history?

Adam Węgłowski

Reading / science
All the Colours of Biebrza
All the Colours of Biebrza
Reading / science

Earlier in April, the marshes of the Biebrza Valley and Wetlands started to burn. The wildfire has devastated the flora and fauna of Poland’s largest national park – and it’s only the beginning.

Jędrzej Wojnar

Reading / culture
The Humble Poet
The Humble Poet
Reading / culture

In a small Slovakian village lived a local cobbler, József Balogh. He was a seemingly unremarkable man, yet the folk art he created outside his house was a joy to behold.

Gergő Fülöp

Reading / science
All Alone at the End of the World
All Alone at the End of the World
Reading / science

For those scientists and technical staff who work on the Antarctic – 1000 kilometres from the nearest shop and with challenging weather conditions – isolation at their research stations can be a testing experience.

Mikołaj Golachowski

Reading / science
What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say?
What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say?
Reading / science

American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.

Gordon Hempton

Reading / society
The Ghosts of Warmia-Masuria
The Ghosts of Warmia-Masuria
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Warmia-Masuria is the home of the Polish lake district and a popular holiday destination. Yet among its rivers and swamps – even in the houses of its locals – live all sorts of menacing creatures...

Marcel Kruger

Reading / science
Allegorical Maps of Love, Courtship, and Matrimony
Allegorical Maps of Love, Courtship, and Matrimony
Reading / science

As mapmakers began to get a better and better sense of the earth's geography, some of the more playful amongst them, as well as some new to the art, turned their attentions to charting more ambiguous lands — creating maps that depicted ideas as places and the machinations of the mind and heart as a journey.

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