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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 / society
90s kid
90s kid
Reading / society

I grew up in provincial Poland just after socialism ended. Here's what it was like.

Natalia Domagała

Reading / culture
A Matter of Life and Death
A Matter of Life and Death
Reading / culture

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.

Mateusz Demski

Reading / literature
Two Poems
Two Poems
Reading / literature

“You impregnated me and I gave birth to pearls. / Authentic. Look.” Two poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) about an older woman’s Eros.

Anna Świrszczyńska

Reading / literature
An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Two Poems
Reading / literature

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.

Julia Fiedorczuk

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 / society
Borsch, Cabbage, and Fish
Borsch, Cabbage, and Fish
Reading / society

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.

Paulina Olszanka

Reading / culture
Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell
Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell
Reading / culture

A brief summary for those of you who haven’t read the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 winner’s books until the very end.

Grzegorz Uzdański

Reading / literature
Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising
Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising
Reading / literature

“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”.

Anna Świrszczyńska

Reading / literature
A Trip To Świder
A Trip To Świder
Reading / literature

“Are you going to Świder? / Because I’m going to Świder.” A poem by a “Przekrój” favourite.

Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński

Reading / literature
The Hunt
The Hunt
Reading / literature

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.

Stanisław Lem

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