In the musty air of that dusty town where I fulfilled my education and career I sometimes pass insomniac nights in which I (re) create. Country air over the fields, 7 kilometres from the train to the village, sending out the call of steaming bread fresh out of the oven in a quivering summer twilight. Hard goat cheese from the barrel, fresh onion, ripe tomato. The hay mattress from the room closes to the road, where it's a little cooler. And then, I fall asleep. Dad's on the porch, smoking. Sanda, we're killing the cockerel tomorrow for our boy.

(temă în parteneriat cu Ideo Ideis, 2022)

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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