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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
All Heaven in a Rage
All Heaven in a Rage
Reading / culture

In her most recently translated novel, Olga Tokarczuk crafts an existential whodunnit, helped by the guiding spirit of William Blake. In doing so, she pulls back the curtain on some of the less savoury hunting practices in Poland.

Sam Pulham

Reading / literature
Four Fine Fellows
Four Fine Fellows
Reading / literature

In this short story based on true events that took place in Kielce in 1946, we join a militiaman, a baker, a cobbler and a caretaker in a pub, as they talk about honesty.

Jacek Dehnel

Reading / literature
Magnet
Magnet
Reading / literature

“They didn’t live together, which meant / they had two fridges for their growing collection / of magnets.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.

Krystyna Dąbrowska

Reading / culture
Our Favourite Books in Translation from the ‘New East’
Our Favourite Books in Translation from the ‘New East’
Reading / culture

As we reach the end of the 2010s, “Przekrój” looks back on our favourites of the last decade. Here, we give a subjective overview of the best books in translation from Central and Eastern Europe.

Boyd Tonkin

Reading / culture
Element of Equilibrium
Element of Equilibrium
Reading / culture

In his recent book “Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough”, psychiatrist Walter A. Brown gives an overview of lithium – the drug that has proved to be especially useful for those experiencing bipolar disorder.

Paulina Wilk

Reading / literature
Eleos
Eleos
Reading / literature

One day, Jan Radecki, a doctoral student in neuroscience, discovers the opportunity to apply for a grant from the Ministry of War for an ambitious project involving mirror neurons. Will his project get the funding? And is the project itself ethical?

Michał Sosiński

Reading / literature
His Majesty the King of Cats
His Majesty the King of Cats
Reading / literature

What is happiness? In this short story, a film critic searches for the answer to this evergreen question while recounting an anecdote about an Oscar-winning Polish director who seems very familiar...

Wojciech Engelking

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 / science
31st January 1863
31st January 1863
Reading / science

On this day in 1863, a certain French author published his first novel, about three Brits taking a balloon trip over Africa. Jules Verne’s debut was a hit, and guaranteed his legacy.

Adam Węgłowski

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