At the urging of some fools in their chosen circle of fools, a couple of fools also watch a foolish movie on a platform that generally produces foolish movies. Pretty badly directed, full of foolish monkeyshines, this foolish movie is about how some people are such fools that they wait to die like fools by being greedy fools in their foolishness. I sit like a fool and wonder whether to watch it or not, for fear of being a fool myself. I may be a fool, but at least I remain a fool without a peer.

(Translated by Lorina Xiaoyu Hou / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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