To challenge their muse, some writers need peace; others, a bottle of wine. Some people like cafes, they want to feel the hustle and bustle, the people, the life around them. I need to have on my desk the little jade man, a souvenir from Beijing. Last night, for the first time, I was in the hotel known for quality love services. A sparsely dressed woman was waiting for me in the room. The jade figurine on her nightstand confused me a bit. I told the woman to undress. On her naked body, I wrote the most beautiful story.

(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / 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 every few days. 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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