They call it the American Man. He always wears a cowboy hat, speaks Romanian with an American accent, and drinks Coca-Cola for water. He founded Chuck Norris Fan Club in the village. He is also the only member. In his spare time, he practices martial arts by ear. He invented the expression: I'll give you karate! He always plays Loto 6/49, but, after all, he won visa lottery. Since he found out he would get money if he moves to the 49th American state, his dream is to become the best in packing up fish.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Ilie / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In January 2021, the group has 3.000 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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