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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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The Dragon over Warsaw

The Dragon over Warsaw
A Mythical Flying Invention?

Magazine / society
In the 1640s, the Italian inventor Tito Livio Burattini moved to Poland, where he got to work on designing a dragon-shaped ornithopter. But did his early aircraft ever reach the skies? Bartłomiej Kluska

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Comrade Batman

Comrade Batman
How HBO’s “Chernobyl” Ignores the Nuances of Soviet Language

Reading / culture
The latest miniseries from HBO beautifully captures Soviet aesthetics, but is lacking elsewhere. A Belarusian writer suggests that “Chernobyl” fails to portray the complex nuances of language in a society enslaved by totalitarianism. Victor Martinovich
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A Trip To Świder

A Trip To Świder

Reading / literature
“Are you going to Świder? / Because I’m going to Świder.” A poem by a “Przekrój” favourite. Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński
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A Playful Nostalgia for a Lost World

A Playful Nostalgia for a Lost World
An Introduction to “A Trip to Świder”

Reading / literature
The translators of “A Trip to Świder” introduce Gałczyński’s poem, and describe the relevance of its setting – a one-time suburban summer resort with a distinct architectural style. Renata Senktas & Christopher Reid 

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Bookworm Cabin

Bookworm Cabin
A Little House for Book Lovers

Magazine / society
A couple tell us how they crowdfunded their own slice of tranquil escapism – a small, woodside cabin full of books. Zygmunt Borawski

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Sour Milk, Sweet Life

Sour Milk, Sweet Life
How to Make Your Own Yoghurt

Reading / society
Our gastronomy expert recalls the lost art of cooking techniques, and gives a recipe for homemade yoghurt. dr Ryan Bromley
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Cartoons

Cartoons

Marek Raczkowski's drawings
Discover what Polish humour is about. Check out Marek Raczkowski's cartoons translated by Marek Kazmierski.

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Joanna Grochocka
Artwork / Illustrations
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Mrs Mohr Goes Missing
In translation

Mrs Mohr Goes Missing

Reading / literature
A corpse has been discovered at a retirement home run by nuns, but Zofia is not convinced that the death was entirely natural... Antonia Lloyd-Jones translates an excerpt from the first novel in a period crime series featuring Zofia Turbotyńska. Maryla Szymiczkowa
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The Art of Translation with Antonia Lloyd-Jones

The Art of Translation with Antonia Lloyd-Jones
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Antonia Lloyd-Jones speaks with Valdemar about grisly murders, the elegance of Polish, and the lanky ghost of Józef Czapski. Ernest Valdemar

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The Glow

The Glow

Magazine / science
Sunlight brings about wonderful metamorphoses – within our human bodies, within the way we see nature, and most importantly, within plants. Urszula Zajączkowska
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A Cinema of Frustration in Impatient Times

A Cinema of Frustration in Impatient Times
An Interview with László Nemes

Reading / culture
László Nemes talks about his latest film “Sunset”, directing a slower-paced cinema, and his domestic freedom as a Hungarian filmmaker. Magdalena Maksimiuk
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The Tale of the Plastic Bag
short story

The Tale of the Plastic Bag

Reading / literature
In the distant future, Plastic Bag meets Diamond on Henderson Island, a plastic-strewn landmass in the Pacific Ocean. A short story set in the Plasticozoic Era. Joanna Rudniańska

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Immigrant Sea

Immigrant Sea

Reading / literature
“The way / he searches out her face, he searches out himself”. A poem by the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner. Forrest Gander
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The Ways of Kriya Yoga

The Ways of Kriya Yoga
An Interview with Marshall Govindan

Magazine / society
Marshall Govindan talks about self-realization, Salvador Dali, and visiting an Arabian horse farm in communist Poland. Tomasz Niewiadomski

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Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits

Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits

Media / Photo
Some years ago, I began refusing to eat meat entirely. My objection being based neither on ecological nor ethical grounds, I could only guess at what mechanism of a personal eschatology drove my alimentary choice. – Ksenia Yurkova
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June in History

June in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of June. Adam Węgłowski

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Mikado

Mikado

Media / Photo
The Mikado series is the latest stage of my long-standing artistic development as a photographer, and the next step in my analysis of the creative process. For the past fifteen years, the techniques of digital image processing became crucial for my art. When working on the Mikado project, I experimented with form, focusing solely on the creative process and its medium. – Igor Omulecki
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Ivan
Krastev

Madly, in All Directions

Reading / society
The 2019 European Parliament election results reveal an electorate in ideological flux. What does this suggest about the EU today?
Opinion
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Ivan
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Madly, in All Directions

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
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Stanisław
Bereś

A Typescript Found in a Folder

Group 2

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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?
healthy living

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?

Reading / society
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Marshall Govindan Satchidananda
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Five Spring Meditations
Healthy Living

Five Spring Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines five meditation exercises for the spring months. Julia E.  Wahl
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Prana, or the Subtle Life Force
healthy living

Prana, or the Subtle Life Force

Magazine / society
The Siddhas referred to the basic energy underlying all activities, both physical and mental, as ‘prana’, or subtle life force. Marshall Govindan Satchidananda
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga?

How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga?

Magazine / society
Kriya Yoga seminars are constantly organized in Europe and across the world. One of them will be held in Poland this autumn. During the weekend seminar, participants will learn the five-fold path of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga.

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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)
Listen to the audio

When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)

Media / Audio
Women’s football thrived at British filling factories during World War I, attracting incredible crowds. Yet a few years after the war, women were banned from playing the sport. Original publication by Piotr Żelazny. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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Spring in Sport
sports

Spring in Sport
A Round-Up of Sporting News

Reading / society
Our correspondent’s summary of sport in spring 2019, from Senegalese wrestling to steroids in steak. Michał Szadkowski
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The Speedy and the Sneaky
sports

The Speedy and the Sneaky
An Interview with Bartosz Molik

Magazine / society
Bartosz Molik, a coach of the Polish wheelchair basketball team, talks about doping at the Paralympic Games. Andrzej Kula
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Sprinting Towards Infinity
sports

Sprinting Towards Infinity
Can We Predict the Limits of Human Speed?

Magazine / society
Usain Bolt is currently the fastest man on Earth, but can his 100m record be beaten? We explore the limits of human sprinting potential. Piotr Żelazny

Video

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Professor Filutek, part 44

Professor Filutek, part 44

Media / Video
Holiday photo.
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Professor Filutek, part 43

Professor Filutek, part 43

Media / Video
Professor Filutek takes a shortcut.
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Professor Filutek, part 42

Professor Filutek, part 42

Media / Video
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
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Professor Filutek, part 41

Professor Filutek, part 41

Media / Video
Attention! A May Day picnic message from Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 40

Professor Filutek, part 40

Media / Video
Professor Filutek’s lepidopterological passion.
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Professor Filutek, part 38

Professor Filutek, part 38

Media / Video
A new look for Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 37

Professor Filutek, part 37

Media / Video
Professor Filutek learns to drive a plough.
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Professor Filutek, part 36

Professor Filutek, part 36

Media / Video
Wonderful vistas, unforgettable emotions...