At 1.0, you don't even realise it's there. At 2.0, as if the zoom of a camera started to finally work, the image is clear and you first notice the mountain , then the path that gets up winding, here hidden by leaves, there lit by the sun, like a lizard sleeping on a hot rock. How far away is everything, you tell yourself at 3.0, without realising you have been climbing for a while, otherwise you wouldn't see the snowy peak. You pass by 4.0. So close to 8.0. And it doesn't seem like an end of the road.

(Translated by Ema-Teodora Rădulescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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