With a very stricken voice, a fat priest said, not by choice: my good people in this village, life is shit; Monday on his porch he sat, now he's going on his way, like the sergeant from Vaslui. After a life full of torture, he's now moving to greener pastures; all of you that grieve him so, let him go once and for all. Come now, gravedigger, don't be slow, take the shovel and dig low; my pain is indeed profound, now just put him in the ground; put him deep inside the hole, as a priest this is my rule. And now let us feast, hurry, said the fat priest; let us all enjoy our lives, and the dead man the green vines.

(Translated by Ruxandra Adriana Dodoiu / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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