Knock, knock. Yes, please come in. Good afternoon, I am here for the initiation. Initiation in what exactly? I would like to master the art of the palindrome. I am sorry, you have the wrong room, this is the failure accepting initiation office. Oops, good day, excuse me. Em esucxe, yad doog, spoo. Eciffo noitaitini gnitpecca eruliaf eht si siht, moor gnorw eht evah uoy, yrros ma I. Emordnilap eht fo tra eht retsam ot ekil dluow I? Yltcaxe tahw ni noitaitini. Noitaitini eht rof ereh ma I, noonretfa doog. Ni emoc esaelp, sey. Kconk, kconk.

(Translated by Marta Fulga / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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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