Oh my, Oh my, Oh my, I lied to you, I lied to you, I'm such a bad person, you voted for me, you believed me, I fooled you again, and now, and now, I feel like an ox. That's how a worthy ox began his speech the other day in a large gathering. It was a crucial day, in three days the elections were coming up and today, on the decisive day, the ox and the dog were saying the same thing. The ox's strategy was to play politicized balkan music with insertions of serious truths. The dog had prepared a barking score to the rhythm of hip hop and hypnotic lyrics. Finally, a march.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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