Is this the complaint booth, God? I hear the speakers are next to you, I hope you turned them on. God, I'm extremely sick. My neighbour Lică shows off photos of his family, but he's sleeping with two chicks from the B block. My sister-in-law is having an affair with the neighbourhood priest, the one who blesses the water for about five other lady parishioners. People call Dan El Fuckadore, his wife is the only one who doesn't know. Everyone everywhere and in every way, a huge orgy veiled in respectability, but my wife still won't do it in three with the blonde on the seventh floor. I'm sick with anger and spite.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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.

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