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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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353 results
353 results
Magazine
Magazine
Magazine / society
A City in Ruins
A City in Ruins
Magazine / society

World War II may have been coming to an end in the summer of 1945, but its destruction was palpable all across Poland. An early issue of “Przekrój” reflected on this.

Ewa Pawlik

Magazine / science
Mythology and Mitochondria
Mythology and Mitochondria
Magazine / science

Oren Harman, author of “Evolution: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World”, talks about Daedalus and Icarus, the power of myths, and the role of storytelling in science.

Tomasz Sitarz

Reading / society
The Great Austrian Myth
The Great Austrian Myth
Reading / society

Martin Pollack, the author of numerous books that deconstruct Austria’s dark history, talks about his family’s Nazi past, the German minority in Slovenia, and how history is repeating itself.

Łukasz Saturczak

Reading / literature
Will You Still Love Me Yesterday?
Will You Still Love Me Yesterday?
Reading / literature

In these two extracts from the novel “Will You Still Love Me Yesterday?”, pensioners Grażyna and Ludwik plan a night of passion for the 50th anniversary of their first sexual encounter, before waking up in surprisingly different bodies.

Zygmunt Miłoszewski

Magazine / society
A National Asana
A National Asana
Magazine / society

Back in the early 1980s, “Przekrój” was already instructing our younger readers on the yogic tree pose. But the history of yoga in Poland dates way back to the early 20th century with one Wincenty Lutosławski.

Ewa Pawlik

Magazine / society
The People’s Republic of Dwarfs
The People’s Republic of Dwarfs
Magazine / society

The Orange Alternative was one of the most memorable social movements in the dying years of communism. Why? Because it involved painting dwarfs.

Zbigniew Libera

Magazine / culture
The First Roadside Tree
The First Roadside Tree
Magazine / culture

In the 1970s, a Neolithic vase was found during an archaeological dig in southern Poland. It depicts what may be the first roadside tree.

Michał Książek

Magazine / culture
When You Rise, the World Lives
When You Rise, the World Lives
Magazine / culture

In the 14th century BCE, the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaton implemented a drastic religious revolution by introducing worship of a god represented by the sun’s disc.

Paweł Janiszewski

Magazine / culture
Pure, Invincible, Magical
Pure, Invincible, Magical
Magazine / culture

The myths and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans reveal the ways in which they viewed the sun.

Paweł Janiszewski

Magazine / culture
The Pygmalion Effect
The Pygmalion Effect
Magazine / culture

According to the ancient myth, the king and sculptor Pygmalion fell in love with an ivory statue of his own creation. What do such legends tell us about the human psyche?

Anna Arno

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