So, my parents had their wedding in a village, one year after the Revolution. My mother, a classy dame, gave up on the rugs from the walls depicting "The Abduction from the Seraglio". Olives, toothpicks, coke and whisky, the American taste at Heaven's doorsill. Special guest, the German consul accompanied by two strippers. The bride and groom were dropped off by a white Benz with a doll on its hood. The wedding dance and Strauss introduced culture to the village, and Petrică Moise brought folklore to the city. After watching the video tape, I suddenly realized. Cultural diversity was born in Liebling, sir!

(Translated by Ana Stănilă / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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 every few days. 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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