I grew up in provincial Poland just after socialism ended. Here's what it was like.
Some Polish films make you lose the will to live, whereas other Czech films help you embrace life anew. These two neighbours couldn’t be any more different.
“You impregnated me and I gave birth to pearls. / Authentic. Look.” Two poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) about an older woman’s Eros.
The poetry of Anna Świrszczyńska – who practiced her art in communist Poland – is all the more remarkable for its unabashed and serious representation of femininity.
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.
Growing up as a second-generation migrant entails finding one’s identity among mixed customs. This was especially the case for one daughter of Polish parents, who grew up celebrating Polish Christmas Eve (or Wigilia) in Australia.
A brief summary for those of you who haven’t read the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 winner’s books until the very end.
“I’ll hide in the wall, I’ll go into the wall / like a centipede. / Everyone will die, and I / will survive.” Three poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) from her 1974 collection “Building the Barricade”.
“Are you going to Świder? / Because I’m going to Świder.” A poem by a “Przekrój” favourite.
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.
On the centenary of Poland’s independence, we take a closer look at the odd relationship Poles have with freedom. Here, we observe the artist Stanisław Szukalski as he goes searching for traces of ancient Poles on Easter Island.
Anastasianism (or the Ringing Cedars) is a new age religious movement that started in Russia. We visit one of its kinship homesteads to find out how to heal the human civilization. Original publication by Ewa Pawlik. Read by Annie Krasińska.