Buda had locked himself in the only cabin at the end of the hall, and 3 Jesus were standing in line, moving from one foot to another. Two Napoleons joined, shouting, "come on, you little prick, we need to use the bathroom too." Next to the table where the Supermans played with the Ceaușeștii the second Buda had fallen asleep at the feet of the invisible men, and had annoyed the group of Gods with snoring. Withdrawn, with his high forehead glued to the thick-grilled window, a young man looked into the void, murmuring: Once upon a time, it was like never before.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

0 comentarii