27.05.2021
Go to church and then go shopping, because we're out of anything again, my grandmother muttered angrily. I read the shopping list and laughed, contrary to the saying, "it's raining, it's raining, the old women are laying eggs" seems to be an urban myth. What I read at the store. The living: Dorina, Mihaela, Ioana, Lenuţa, Florina, Ioan. The dead: Ghita, Doina, Vasile, Mihai. What the priest read in church. 2 carrots, 3 lemons, pretzels, leafy parsley, Lidl croutons, milk, 5 eggs, toilet paper, kitchen sponges, mineral water.

(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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