Femininity, fine taste and decency have not all disappeared, they are alive. Better said, they are surviving. Falsehood has invaded us and it is trying to numb our senses. It is on the street, on the subway, in shops, in our souls. It's more like HAVING than BEING. Obscenity, vulgarity, shallow souls, the expansion of the silicone Ego. The narcissistic personality of our era. Duck face. Pumped up lips. Claws instead of fingernails. As eyelashes, a huge black butterfly obscenely glued. Fake lashes, fake nails, fake tits - REAL women.

(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.

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