If you look at a picture long enough, the saints begin to speak to you. The same goes for writing. Somehow, after a while, a bridge begins to form between the part of us that remains in the spiritual dimension and the part of us that God has banished to the ephemeral flesh, to reality. And at that moment the image and likeness of the Father begin to go hand in hand. We begin to create through words. And the longing for paradise lost is transformed into the joy of finding the one true self. And that can be a path to salvation.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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 May 2022, the group has 8,350 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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