Following the book launch, the writer became more successful than he\'s ever dreamt of becoming. He had lots of interviews, received all kinds of awards. He decided to publish another book. Thus his grandpa, after he was done milking the cow and tucking the hens in for the night, sat down at the table, lit an unfiltered cigarette, sharpened his pencil with the penknife and started to write stories once again. He would then mail them to his nephew, in the city. He hadn\'t been afraid of dying in the war, but he\'d sworn he would never speak in public.

(Translated by Cristina Stan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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