Teacher, isn't it true that the theatre from Bucharest is coming? No, Ghiţă, it's just some poor actor the mayor's bringing to write about in the newspaper. Maybe even show him on TV. He's been all up on the phone these past few days. Thinkin' maybe someone'll vote for him again. Come, pack everything up. Crates, cups, tables, chairs. And move the fridges next to the stage. Well, I mean I just done arranged them, otherwise I wouldn't've whitewashed this dump. Hmmm. Alright, I'll move them back after the fuss is over. And how did ja say the play was called? A mansion? No, Ghiţă, it's called a One-Man Show.

(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 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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