Tăgărâla, shouted Sfoiag, Grigorina sent me to ask Safta if she won't give him four heads of garlic. Sile went to the kitchen and brought the garlic. Well, some dill too, did she have any? Tăgărâla ran to the kitchen and brought the dill. Sile, ask her about salt too, because Grigorina has started pickling cucumbers. Tăgărâla returned to the kitchen and called out to Sandu from the door: Well, Sfoiag, Safta says you should run home and ask Grigorina if she doesn't want about ten kilos of cucumbers.   

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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