To be or not to be, maybe everything goes from here. I wear the black uniform, and I have God in a cellar, with his hands tied behind his back and the lamplight facing His eyes, let visible the traces of sergeant Fritz's fists. I have to interrogate Him. And not only because he is a Jew, but because he knows too much. I had been warned that there was a risk of conversion, but I ignored it. The Aryan race does not convert. But I saw myself in His eyes. Since then, I have been wearing a black uniform even after the war. I am a monk.

(Translated by Iuliana Boruga Danciu / 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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