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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 / culture
Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR
Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR
Reading / culture

A scholar talks about why Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem was so well-received in the Soviet Union – and why he continues to be popular in Russia to this day.

Dariusz Kuźma

Reading / literature
A Polish Tourist in the USSR
A Polish Tourist in the USSR
Reading / literature

In this extract from Juliusz Strachota’s “A Polish Tourist in the USSR” the protagonist makes his way to Crimea with the help of a childhood guide book.

Juliusz Strachota

Reading / literature
The Dyatlov Pass Tragedy
The Dyatlov Pass Tragedy
Reading / literature

In this extract from Alice Lugen’s “The Dyatlov Pass Tragedy”, the author describes the events leading up to the trip during which a group of young hikers died in mysterious circumstances in Russia’s northern Urals.

Alice Lugen

Reading / culture
A Utopia in Pieces
A Utopia in Pieces
Reading / culture

If you travel around Ukraine today, you might come across some remnants of the one-time Soviet dream: elaborate mosaic art depicting idealized citizens of the USSR.

Tetiana Shataieva

Reading / society
Burn After Reading
Burn After Reading
Reading / society

The investigative journalist Alice Lugen talks about what might have happened in the Dyatlov Pass tragedy, when a group of young hikers died in mysterious circumstances in Russia’s northern Urals.

Stasia Budzisz

Magazine / society
The Stalker’s Daughter
The Stalker’s Daughter
Magazine / society

The work of Soviet film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky is widely acclaimed – and with good reason. But what should we make of the role of women in his film “Stalker”?

Renata Lis

Reading / literature
Winter Camp
Winter Camp
Reading / literature

In this extract from Tania Skarynkina’s “A Large Czesław Miłosz With A Dash of Elvis Presley”, the writer remembers a childhood trip from Belarus to the Artek holiday camp in Crimea.

Tania Skarynkina

Reading / culture
Comrade Batman
Comrade Batman
Reading / culture

The latest miniseries from HBO beautifully captures Soviet aesthetics, but is lacking elsewhere. A Belarusian writer suggests that “Chernobyl” fails to portray the complex nuances of language in a society enslaved by totalitarianism.

Victor Martinovich

Magazine / culture
Watercolours Under a Spacesuit
Watercolours Under a Spacesuit
Magazine / culture

The Space Race was a secretive time for the Soviets. So secretive, that the cosmic spacecraft watercolours painted by the Russian architect Galina Balashova have been completely forgotten.

Konstanty Usenko

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