Do you see that little girl crying? Her brother smeared jam all over her colouring book. And do you see the mom struggling to calm her down while making pancakes and silently cursing her husband for being late from work? He stopped at the bar to talk politics, criticizing the regime during that freezing winter of 1938. Please, I urge you to see them and remember them. Now their apartment is ransacked and empty. There are blood stains and empty 9-millimeter shells on the floor. On the door, sealed with a rusty chain, it says Juden in yellow.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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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