for the first time in your city, you can admire The Woman Who Can't Stand Beautiful Men. She has just returned from a tour in America in which she refused Riciard Gheară's marriage proposal, treated Chinu Rivă with indifference and even gave the cold shoulder to Bred Chit, excuse my voluntary rhyme. Do you have a beveled forehead? Crooked nose? Big ears? Enter the hall and, for the modest cost of 1,000 lei, you can win the grand prize: a passionate kiss from our guest star.

(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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