My childhood home is half deserted. The glass fish is lost somewhere on the bookshelves, no longer finding its balance on top of the LCD screen. The puppy, the ballerina and the old Chinese man are no longer lined up on the sideboard. Only the plastic flowers arranged in vases still enliven the living room with it's big table that hosted hundreds of parties in half a century. New Year's Eve parties finished with Perinița played on the pick-up and frantically danced. Woven paper ornaments hung from the chandelier and fireworks lit on the stove. My childhood, fully lived.

(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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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