Dude, you get on the train in Cluj, tip the conductor 10 lei, get off in Mangalia, take the Mumbay via Vama Veche bus, get your ass on the beach, erect the tent, buy pâté, bread and 1 leu tomatoes from tanti Safiye, you get back at the tent, strum Blowing in the Wind on the guitar, get in your birth suit, the future girlfriend from the neighboring tent gets in hers too, you inhale a couple of smokes, she does too in her boobs adorned chest, you get in the sea, say hi to Fata Morgana with wooden eyes, you Bohemian dude!

(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / 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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