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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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Everything Is Snow

Everything Is Snow
A Game of Astrophysics and Abstraction

Magazine / science
With a head full of astrophysics and the help of a certain method called ‘abstraction’, it’s possible to suggest that everything – including you, Dear Reader – is snow. Łukasz Lamża

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Eucalyptus Is Burning Portugal

Eucalyptus Is Burning Portugal
Trouble with Invasive Trees

Reading / society
In June 2017, deadly wildfires struck central Portugal. In the village of Nodeirinho, locals suspect that the invasive eucalyptus tree may have been to blame. Maria Dybcio
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All Heaven in a Rage

All Heaven in a Rage
Olga Tokarczuk’s “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead”

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

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Our Favourite Architecture From the ‘New East’

Our Favourite Architecture From the ‘New East’
Top 10 of the Decade

Reading / society
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 architectural designs realized in Central and Eastern Europe. Zygmunt Borawski
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A Bittersweet Fairy Tale
Eastern blocks

A Bittersweet Fairy Tale
Life in a Łódż High Rise

Reading / society
In the fourth instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Anna Rembowska, a childhood resident of the Assistant Professors’ Hostel high rise in Łódż, remembers growing up as if in a Kusturica film. Anna Rembowska

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Take Your Brain for a Walk

Take Your Brain for a Walk
How to Have a Happy Head

Magazine / science
The human brain is a remarkable feat of natural engineering, capable of controlling our actions and emotions; responsible for our wildest creations. All of which also means that we should do our best to take proper care of it. Magdalena Salik
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The Himalayan Super Express

The Himalayan Super Express
The Story of Nirmal Purja

Magazine / society
In 2019, a Nepalese man set off on ‘Project Possible’ – a plan to ascend all 14 eight-thousander mountains in seven months. In the end, he exceeded all expectations. Paulina Wilk

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Shall We Meet at Half Past Lust, or a Quarter to Folly?

Shall We Meet at Half Past Lust, or a Quarter to Folly?
The Charm of Raymond Peynet’s ‘Lovers’

Magazine / culture
A Polish artist and graphic designer reflects on his connection with Raymond Peynet’s illustrated ‘lovers’, whose naive simplicity shaped his own vision of love. Maurycy Gomulicki
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Nothing Fixes Itself

Nothing Fixes Itself
An Interview with Almudena Grandes

Reading / culture
The writer Almudena Grandes talks about the exhumation of Franco, her best-selling novel “The Ages of Lulu”, and why Spain must confront its fascist past. Aleksandra Lipczak

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Patria in Need

Patria in Need
An Unusual Hotel in the Mountains

Magazine / society
In the 1930s, the singer Jan Kiepura and architect Bohdan Pniewski started to create a hotel in the Krynica spa resort in the south of Poland. The result was a wonderful feat of architecture. Grzegorz Piątek
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Four Fine Fellows
short story

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

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To Be a Dolphin

To Be a Dolphin
In Praise of a Most Intelligent Mammal

Magazine / science
Dolphins are, by all accounts, awe-inspiring creatures. Perhaps they are even more intelligent than us human beings… Mikołaj Golachowski
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On Rowanberries and Parsnip

On Rowanberries and Parsnip

Magazine / society
In this edition of “Miracle Diet”, we look at how to cook with the fruit of the rowan tree, the history of the parsnip, and life living on an allotment. Monika Kucia

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Like a Cow Chewing Grass
healthy living

Like a Cow Chewing Grass
Breaking Free From Rumination

Reading / society
Negative thoughts tire us out psychologically. Sometimes they return again and again, like a boomerang, trapping our mind in a difficult cycle. What can we do with such thoughts? Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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A Cure for a Lack of Reason

A Cure for a Lack of Reason
An Interview with Paul Bloom

Magazine / society
Paul Bloom talks about the importance of human reason, how we might make moral progress, and why we would all benefit from having less empathy. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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Culinary Meditation
healthy living

Culinary Meditation
The Art of Slow Cooking

Magazine / society
On lazy days – when you want to cook without effort and take time to read or day-dream – it’s good to know some methods for kitchen action with no action at all. Monika Kucia
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Ideas from the Void

Ideas from the Void
An Interview with Joanna Grochocka

Reading / culture
On the eve of receiving her award from the Society of Illustrators, regular “Przekrój” illustrator Joanna Grochocka talks about the glory days of Polish illustration, what inspires her, and how she finds an original language for her art.  Przekrój

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In the Clouds as in Beehives

In the Clouds as in Beehives
How Snowflakes Are Formed

Magazine / science
When, in the winter months, we see snowflakes fall from the sky, their patterns look so intricately delicate. What exactly is the secret to their hexagonal form? Tomasz Sitarz
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6th February 1936

6th February 1936
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1936, the Olympic flame burned from up high, announcing the start of the Winter Olympics hosted by… the Third Reich. The games were a propaganda coup for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Adam Węgłowski

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Flying Over a Frozen Lake
sports

Flying Over a Frozen Lake
A Brief History of Ice Yachting

Magazine / society
In the interwar period, Poland was the European capital of ice yachting. People still sail across the ice today. Wojtek Antonów
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

In Search of Silence (Part II)

Reading / feuilleton
Silence is so difficult to find; even when we think we’ve found it, we still have to deal with our own internal psychological noise.
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Our Favourite Films by Female Directors from the ‘New East’

Our Favourite Films by Female Directors from the ‘New East’
Top 10 of the Decade

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 films directed by women from Central and Eastern Europe. Agata Pyzik
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The Race for the Pole
sports

The Race for the Pole
An Antarctic Challenge

Magazine / culture
Few sporting challenges are as physically and psychologically taxing as crossing the Antarctic continent, solo and unaided. Yet that is precisely what Colin O’Brady and Louis Rudd set out to do. Andrzej Kula

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February in History

February in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of February. Adam Węgłowski
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Our Own Little Bubble
Eastern blocks

Our Own Little Bubble
Life in the ‘Blokovi’ of New Belgrade

Reading / society
In the third instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Damjan Dobrila, a life-long resident of Belgrade, remembers the community spirit of a childhood spent in the Serbian capital’s brutalist housing estates. Damjan Dobrila

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Matured into Immaturity

Matured into Immaturity
The Life of Zbigniew Lengren

Magazine / culture
The illustrator and cartoonist Zbigniew Lengren ran a 50-year comic strip in “Przekrój”. His daughter remembers his remarkable life. Katarzyna Lengren
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The Map of Violence Is Mutating

The Map of Violence Is Mutating
An Interview with Óscar Martínez

Reading / society
Óscar Martínez talks about criminal control of migration in Mexico, the realities of life in El Salvador, and why the subjects of reportage are its real heroes. Aleksandra Lipczak

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Antarctica

Antarctica

Media / Photo
Silence allows us to unite with all of nature, present within us as the only reality that exists. Let’s listen to its sounds so that it awakens a sense of the deepest peace; the kind of peace that existed before any sound even began to exist.
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Masters of Flying a Falling Iron

Masters of Flying a Falling Iron
How Polish Aviators Dominated the Sport

Magazine / society
When it comes to precision and navigation rally flying, Poland leads the world. This, despite their most successful pilots developing and training against the backdrop of the communist Polish People’s Republic. Michał Szadkowski i Piotr Żelazny

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The Polar Bear and the Penguin

The Polar Bear and the Penguin
A Tale of Two Hemispheres

Magazine / science
Penguins and polar bears, in spite of their shared tolerance for cold climates, couldn’t live further apart. In fact, there are many differences between the fauna of the Arctic and Antarctic. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Magnet
Poematic

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

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Our Favourite Books in Translation from the ‘New East’

Our Favourite Books in Translation from the ‘New East’
Top 10 of the Decade

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
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Poster-Child of the Counterculture
A seasonal dish

Poster-Child of the Counterculture
How to Make Your Own Granola

Magazine / society
Our gastronomy expert muses on the revolutionary roots of toasted oats, and gives a recipe for homemade granola. dr Ryan Bromley

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Element of Equilibrium

Element of Equilibrium
Lithium and Mental Health

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
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Listening to the Stars

Listening to the Stars
An Interview with Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil

Magazine / culture
Polish composer Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil talks about an incredible moment in Nazareth, the importance of silence for composers, and the inspiring beauty of hearing the forest. Jan Pelczar

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A Paradise Called Dziedzinka
archives

A Paradise Called Dziedzinka
The Lodge in the Białowieża Forest

Magazine / culture
In this 1971 article from our archives, a “Przekrój” correspondent visits the Dziedzinka lodge in the Białowieża Forest, where he meets its two inhabitants and their many animal friends. Zbigniew Święch
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Eleos
short story

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

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One Happy Family
Eastern blocks

One Happy Family
Life on a Dnipro Housing Estate

Reading / society
In the second instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Tetiana Shataieva, a Ukrainian journalist who grew up on a housing estate in Dnipro, remembers how her neighbours always looked out for each other. Tetiana Shataieva
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A Life in Song

A Life in Song
The Tempestuous Music of Violeta Parra

Magazine / culture
The singer-songwriter Violeta Parra pioneered the renewal of traditional folk music in her native Chile. She left behind a number of albums, as well as a trail of heartbreak. Aleksandra Lipczak

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A New Year from an Old World

A New Year from an Old World
Stepping Into a Decade of Hope

Magazine / society
The year 1989 was especially significant for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. We take a look at the prognoses “Przekrój” made in our final issue of the 1980s. Ewa Pawlik
Opinion
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

In Search of Silence (Part II)

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Without End

Zbigniew
Libera
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Jan
Ciemniewski
Jan Ciemniewski

The Energy for Change

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2020: A Smog Odyssey
Mind the climate

2020: A Smog Odyssey
A Foreigner’s Perspective on Polish Smog

Reading / society
Poland has the dirtiest air in the European Union; this problem is particularly prominent in Warsaw and Kraków. It is so bad, that even an American resident of the Polish capital has taken note… Jonathan L. Ramsey
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"Smog Wars"
Mind the climate

"Smog Wars"

Media / Video
Here is a documentary about Poland's smog problem and the country's efforts to tackle it, directed by Jonathan L. Ramsey and produced by Michał Konopa.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

The World Can Be Changed

Reading / feuilleton
True, it wasn’t us, but corporations that destroyed the Earth’s climate. Having said that, let’s start acting now, because there is no time to waste and no-one else will do it for us.
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Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change
Mind the climate

Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Media / Video
All around us are magic machines that suck carbon out of the air, cost very little and build themselves. Trees – in all their gorgeous variety and spectacular beauty – can make a massive difference to the world, if we accept one condition: we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.

Audio

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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫
Article from the magazine

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫
Article from the magazine

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫
Article from the magazine

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫
Article from the magazine

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫

Media / Audio
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Original text by Marshall Govindan Satchidananda.

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Like a Cow Chewing Grass
healthy living

Like a Cow Chewing Grass
Breaking Free From Rumination

Reading / society
Negative thoughts tire us out psychologically. Sometimes they return again and again, like a boomerang, trapping our mind in a difficult cycle. What can we do with such thoughts? Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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The Happy Moments Trap
healthy living

The Happy Moments Trap
The Illusion of Retreats

Magazine / society
We often think of retreating to some secluded, distance place, full of heavenly peace. But behind such dreams often lie quite unheavenly motives. Adam Aduszkiewicz
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On Rowanberries and Parsnip

On Rowanberries and Parsnip

Magazine / society
In this edition of “Miracle Diet”, we look at how to cook with the fruit of the rowan tree, the history of the parsnip, and life living on an allotment. Monika Kucia
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Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather
Healthy Living

Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather

Magazine / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the autumn months. Julia E.  Wahl