What a stupid book, I'm throwing Orwell against the wall. What does dystopia mean? I do not care, I stole it from my parents anyways. I put on a borrowed Prince cassette tape, dancing as I curl my hair and apply a blue eyeshadow over my eyelids. I am going out with the gang at Rolly's, the Big Brother, he received a cool videotape, of course from his relatives in Germany. On Monday the math comrade is going to give us a test, I still have time to learn. Dear Diary, I promise to read Orwell's work because of the fear that you might ever get read by the Blue Eyes.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoş / 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 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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