Morning, coffee on the porch, sunrise lighting up the sea. Standing in a huge line, some ladies talking about a series. Brought the kids to play in the park, their loud laughter. A dog tearing my arm out, I'm helplessly watching. She's happy, dancing, smiling, she's close. I'm up high and scared and falling. Floating above a wonderful city, Veniparicelona.A pig devouring my left hip. Evening, smoking and reading poetry in my hammock, next to a fire. A raven gauging my eye out. I can see far away. Night.

(Translated by Eleonora Manea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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