27.04.2022
In the right pupil, bizarre shadows, in the left ear, white noise, on the tongue, the taste of bitter cherries, in the nostrils, the smell of late autumn, in the feet, a sweet numbness, in the stomach, a void, in the carotid, silence, in the right palm, a heart. In the right palm, a heart, in the carotid, mad fluttering, in the stomach, a void, in the feet, a sweet numbness, in the nostrils, the smell of late autumn, on the tongue, the taste of bitter cherries, in the left ear, a chuckle, like a silver bell, in the right pupil, you in someone else's arms.

(Translated by Cristina Șuică / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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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