I saw it written on the note. My god, you got the luck of the Irish! Just now I finished readin' it. You payin' attention? Pay attention. They say this Găbiță Marcez keeps spewing lines and lines about the loneliness of a family called Bundița Anacondo. The booklet is one of those sacred ones, scattered across several places and years. Then comes this guy's wife, the Spanish Ursoaica, leering at the elderly. It's basically a soap opera with intellectuals and beggars, who don't know how to get out of the contemporal crisis. You liked it, didn'tcha?

(Translated by Bianca Ioana Prisecaru / 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 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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