Does your life have any meaning? Of course it does, we all are amazing, misunderstood prodigies, talented artists, reincarnated Russian classics. Although, think for a moment of Napoleon Bonaparte. Of all his victories. Many of them were obtained despite of any military logic, because his enemies were more numerous and had control over a better land. The Napoleonic Code is valid even today. And the only thing people remember is that he was a dwarf and had a cringey triangular hat.

(Translated by Alina-Mihaela Burciu / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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