In Moscow in the 1950s, which was packed with proletarian rallies, Bolshevik L, the head of public education, was declaring at Easter, from the rostrum of a large workers' meeting, the agony of faith, this obsolete product of capitalist society. The speech was perfect, the crowds cheered. Delighted with his success, the orator allowed a public discussion, accepting other speakers. A country priest, who had only been allotted five minutes, took the podium, and said so: Brethren, Christ is risen. And the congregation answered with one voice: Truly he is risen.

(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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