At the factory there was a Fane, a clever gypsy who had been a porter in the port. He was famous for carrying four sacks of flour on his shoulders and pissing on the height of a wagon. Because he had a house near the factory, when the Romania-England match was on, he called us into his courtyard, set up the chairs as if for a show and then shouted to his mother: the gentlemen have come to see your TV. And the old gypsy woman came out of the door and put her skirts over her head: Do you want a TV? Here's a TV. Our Fane, laughing with his gold teeth, asked us: Have you ever seen such a wonder?

(Translated by Oana Irina Oprea / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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