I am desperate. The quotations have devoured my life. I fall asleep with quotations, I touch myself on quotations, I dream of quotations, I replaced my soap with quotations. My mind was emptied of thoughts, but filled with quotations. It's a good thing in a way, as you don't struggle to think, you just talk using inverted commas. Yesterday I was asked by a lady what the time was and I answered to her: Every second has an infinite value, Goethe. THE END. I want a normal life, with a functional brain and neurons. From this second on, I'm giving up on quotations. The secret of a happy life lies within renunciation, Gandhi.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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