My grandma's house was made up of three rooms, one was the kitchen, another one the bedroom, and the last one was what we called "the good room". When we came over during the holiday, she would let us have the good room. The beds had hay mattresses, the floor was cob covered in cardboard and the walls were full of cracks but still so white that milk would turn yellow with jealousy. Inside the dowry chest, besides her wedding dress and some linen towels, she kept books. It was like the whole world could fit inside her house.
(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / 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.