Why in hell did you need a revolution? Wasn't the government taking care of you? Weren't we educating you with the state money? Weren't we giving you jobs? Huh? You, the one with glasses, what are you? I'm a writer, comrade. Dude, in my time, we would cut your hair, give you a pickaxe and send you on a trip to Transfăgărăşan. I'm paralyzed, comrade. You're paralyzed because you don't work, man. My sanitary system would do its damnedest to put you on feet. We were the most advanced in the world, on all levels.

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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