I've been trying to write it for three days. I keep adding something, I keep erasing something, I am trying to convey the essential in only five hundred characters. I had started with my name, but I really think it's irrelevant. I continued with my age, but, again, I told myself it's not something too important, definitely not something that would define me. I eventually reached the shortest version I could think of. I don't know if this would make you get to know me better, but we shall see. What is there to add? This is everything I'll tell you: it's me.
(Translated by Alexandra Handrea / 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.