It's bad, we cannot hide it. At first, Vangogu lost his ear. Then, someone gave to the post chief a big nose, which had been found in front of the church. The small street was mostly crowded in the evening, one had his fingers tight with insulating tape, one held his penis worried, another lost one arm. These people were the best Christians, that's why the priest was worried. I was completely fine, I ate bananas on the bank the whole day. Then they announced it on television. That's it. God is Chinese.

(Translated by Diana Simulescu / 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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