18.01.2023
My folks used to cover every crack, crevice or breach with clay, thatch and manure. So as years passed, the walls of the house got bigger squeezing us together like in a vise. The house, once towering and roomy, remains today, as I step again on the wet soil of childhood, only a small door with a low ceiling and thick walls framing a refrigerator. And on the refrigerator, a piece of paper, yellowed by time and hatred. It's Grandpa and Grandma sitting at opposite ends of a long, empty table, and me under it, crying in horror. Why them?

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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