A summary? A rocket or two are still hitting Poland. We don't know whose it is. An elephant mother is giving birth to twins in a zoo in USA. A priest is still beating a naughty woman parishioner, from time to time. A referee is having a stroke during practice and dies. A careless father is slashing the throat of his son with a chainsaw, by mistake. Meanwhile we are 8 billion people. WTF, in which world do we live in? These are the latest news in Paradise? Then we shall cross the street, maybe the pub is giving away free vodka. And they say peace is near.  

(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.

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