With sadness in my voice and in my soul I put into words the news you have already found out about today. Ivan had left, Ion followed him. The most bitter September 5th. I knew Ivan personally, I canoed with him on Herăstrău and Snagov, a modest prankster from Delta. From master Caramitru, I hardly got an autograph when he was director of the National. Socrates, from the movies of our adolescence. Hard loss, tough day, ladies and gentlemen, we are still alive and they have gone into the light. My heart aches. Hard.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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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