Please tell me a few words about yourself. The man to whom he was addressing gasped, rolled his flat cap between his thick fingers, and visibly excited snorted briefly. Weeell. The other looked up from the papers, waited for five seconds with the pen in the air, then exclaimed enthusiastically. Congratulations, Mr. Popescu, you are hired. All the other interviewees filled my head with how many schools they attended and how many things they could do. You have been very concise and honest, this kind of people we need. Well done.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ștefănescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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