Summer had passed. The coastal sand had dried on people's feet. Virile men had nestled in the houses of trophy girls in Bucharest and from time to time came out on the street corner whispering in their ears, do you want dollars? As chance would have it, when everyone thought something was over, only the two of them could see that it had only just begun. And they proclaimed their dictatorship. They occupied houses, streets, made stony ovens conquering the whole country like the ancient Romans couldn't. And so they instituted the most digestible oppression, called Pizzeria.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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.

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