What a beautiful country, too bad it's inhabited. Old proverb of unknown origin. This was written on the information-filled screen of the flying vehicle, about this territory with mountains, hills, plains and flowing waters. On the highest mountain plateau, written with stones, one could read from a very high altitude the exhortation: Too good, too fine, too proud. There is no pure inhabitant in this land, said the on-board computer. The scan shows a mixed genetic structure. All right, then let's go over to the Bulgarians.

(Translated by Emilia-Georgiana Călinescu / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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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