Even the Dictionary makes mistakes sometimes. It would be more useful to rip the page number x and to focus your imaginary self on the pendulum. Listen. In the beginning, there was not the word. In the beginning, there was silence. Some kind of monologue with many tunnels that you cannot get out of unless you know which way the wind blows. The word came out of the placenta much later, when the romance between Adam and Eve was consumed like sparkling wine in the eyes of a poor reptilian. A lot of water has flown on the Nile until mortals understood that language is nothing but a fetish.

(Translated by Ioana Busuioc / 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 every few days. 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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