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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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133 results
Reading
Reading
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

Magazine / culture
Ten Bulls
Ten Bulls
Magazine / culture

Here is an old tale that is part of the Zen tradition. The parable became extremely popular in Japan, from where it reached the West in the 20th century.

Kuòān Shīyuăn

Magazine / culture
The Lost Memoirs of Alexander Selkirk
The Lost Memoirs of Alexander Selkirk
Magazine / culture

In 1704, Alexander Selkirk found himself exiled on the island of Más a Tierra, next to South America. Our author channels Selkirk’s voice to recount his seafaring life.

Andrzej Kula

Reading / culture
An Old Writer Looks at the New World
An Old Writer Looks at the New World
Reading / culture

Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel laureate in Literature, talks about his latest novel “Klara and the Sun”, and what advances in technology might mean for humanity.

Sylwia Stano

Reading / literature
And Now, a Legend...
And Now, a Legend...
Reading / literature

An old legend about a knight and a blacksmith, told as a short fairy tale by a much-loved Polish children’s author.

Marian Orłoń

Reading / society
Stay in and Play
Stay in and Play
Reading / society

The pandemic has been difficult for many, especially when marital problems arise. A writer retells the story of one of his friends.

Luka Kurjački

Reading / literature
Pukke
Pukke
Reading / literature

One of our authors imagines the encounters of various Swedes – and a Pole! – with a mythical imp known as Pukke.

Grzegorz Uzdański

Reading / society
Tall Dark Stranger
Tall Dark Stranger
Reading / society

As the pandemic continues, one of our contributors imagines a future in which social isolation, lockdown and climate change have all become the new normal.

Jan Pelczar

Reading / literature
A Sunny Day
A Sunny Day
Reading / literature

In this short story from Paweł Huelle’s “Talita”, a Jewish man with a beautiful voice takes a walk along the riverside on a sunny day in Poland.

Paweł Huelle

Reading / literature
To Everything, Tern Tern Tern
To Everything, Tern Tern Tern
Reading / literature

A short story set in 2040, when due to global warming Iceland’s climate becomes vastly colder and harsher. A biology teacher disappears during a school trip and her daughter starts to search for her.

Birna Anna Björnsdóttir

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