The President of the Swedish Academy was waiting for him on the threshold of the stately building. Mircea began abruptly: Sorry, but I'll be blunt, I'm very angry. I have been nominated several times, I am translated all over the world. I've written cleverly, brilliantly, even dazzlingly. Why can't anyone see me? Just because I'm from Romania? When am I going to get that Nobel? The tall, blond president calmly replied: Mircea, I knew you'd ask that. I'm not answering you directly, I'm just reminding you that you Romanians have a saying. One about Easter, but not the Orthodox one.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / 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 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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