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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!

literature
32 results
32 results
Reading
Reading
Reading / literature
always
always
Reading / literature

“twenty-five years later, I spit blood into the tub...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet.

Urszula Honek

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
Cycling Notebooks
Cycling Notebooks
Reading / literature

In 1939, the 26-year-old Pole Andrzej Bobkowski found himself stranded in France. He started to keep a diary of his everyday experiences as an outsider in an occupied country. We present a selection of entries covering a bicycle trip from southern France to Paris.

Andrzej Bobkowski

Reading / literature
raw material
raw material
Reading / literature

“I can’t teach you to tell polymer from mesoglea...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet.

Anna Adamowicz

Magazine / literature
The Transformation
The Transformation
Magazine / literature

Our writer imagines an episode from the life of the alchemist Michał Sędziwój, who, after attempting the transmutation of gold, starts to see the world differently...

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Reading / literature
The Darkness He Called Night
The Darkness He Called Night
Reading / literature

“Virtue’s a kind / of despair, / masquerading as care.” A poem by a leading American ‘Language poet’.

Charles Bernstein

Reading / literature
Night
Night
Reading / literature

A lonely man sits in his Minsk apartment, catching up on the latest developments in artificial intelligence. His girlfriend rings him from Nepal, just as a world-changing event begins in the sky above... An excerpt from a Belarusian novel set in the near future.

Victor Martinovich

Reading / literature
alamo
alamo
Reading / literature

“And also her lips, a chilly shade of pink, the scar / above her right eye.” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet.

Magdalena Gałkowska

Reading / literature
Could Have
Could Have
Reading / literature

A poem by a Polish Nobel Prize winner, translated by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh.

Wisława Szymborska

Reading / literature
Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam
Reading / literature

Dougal has just arrived in Lagos to meet Chief Ernest, a Nigerian man who emailed the British schoolteacher about his late uncle’s inheritance. It seems like a 419, but who’s scamming who?

Leye Adenle

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