Picasso. Present. The first self-portrait is macabre. The second is with a mask. Rejected. Rembrandt. Present. You exaggerated. You were asked for a single self-portrait, color. So are you, van Gogh. Come in the fall. Matisse: Fauvism. Coubert: You're hurting emotionally. Rafael: Too pure, too clean. Dürer: Blasphemous. Cézanne: Impressionist? Cubist? You have to decide. Munch: The rest of the self-portrait? Solum, your canvas is empty. You were asked for a self-portrait, color. Sorry, I'm a songwriter, my self-portrait is sound.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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 April 2022, the group has 8,175 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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