Every evening, I would see my grandmother praying on her knees in front of a painting of Lord God. I didn't know anything about Him, but I knew a lot about Superman. So, I tore his picture out of a book and taped it to the other wall. Every day, I would whisper to him about everything that was on my mind. Last night, Grandma found Grandpa on his knees, praying aloud for health and rain. Oh, come on, you old goat, you're praying to the painting on the wrong wall. And you got drunk like a pig.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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.

0 comentarii