Orwell. What else is there to think about? And what would you have wished for, to stay in '49? Yes, progress comes with a price. Dystopian future? That's normal. Does the government control everything? And where would the idiots go? Don't they have to have a place too? Big Brother, historical denial, political correctitude, double thinking and reenactment, what would you do without them? Wouldn't you go crazy? This way you can get away with it easily, with a pill or an injection. Come on, thank me for taking care of you. I'm the real Napoleon. Do we play Bingo until the food comes?

(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 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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