Revolution, available news, curious people. And my 80-year-old grandma, who went from stories about the latest ghosts of the village and about who stole her maize from the field to big words about the reorganization of the state. Therefore, mother Leti, I ask her on a Saturday when I am in the countryside and I find her listening to the radio, what's going on in the country these days? What's going on? Their sorrows. Listen to what they are saying: that they built there, in Bucharest, two new chambers, the senate chambers and the deputy chamber. And that they are moving in there today at noon.
(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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.