I'm Rembrandt-ing the ashes of my half-dead memories. The German man with a French name. I learned a new exercise. I learned how to mix dirt with sparkle and colors with shades of white and black. Some say I am insane. I think I am a visionary. My mouth waters at the taste of my own brain. I imagined the two hemispheres as a salt shaker. I sear the bloody memories with salt and the ones that fade I season with pepper. Then I draw them on A10 paper sheets.

(Translated by Monica-Andreea Gaman / 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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