a boy and his dog were floating over houses. a boy and his dog were exchanging bones. a boy was dozing on the rails and dreaming. and his dog was digging. out of hunger he was digging. out of longing he was digging. a boy. And his dog had found bones. And his dog, whispering, howled. and his dog had dozed on his bones. woof what a story said the housewife reading and crying from the onion she had chopped. woof what a story said a cloud that had just rained. woof what a story said the worm that had just eaten. woof what, sighed the forgetfulness that had just forgotten.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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 May 2022, the group has 8,350 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 every few days. 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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