05.12.2021
As Casanova, Münchausen and Machiavelli all lived in his person, he took Tibetan tiger ginseng and Mandalay broom daily. He gorged himself on vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, with illusions of youth. I met him on the street, we greeted each other, his skin and breath were smelling stale of expired chemicals. His eyes were glistering, a hot babe was just passing by. He hurried after her, popping a small pill into his mouth that emitted a minty aroma. Yes, tic-tacs helps the magic, but from his watch it ticked of old age.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Marinescu / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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