Hi. My name is Gelu and for the next thematic intervention I will choose 50 shades of some scribes and I will tell them my honest opinion, point-blank, without kid gloves or any hypocrisies. Why am I doing this? Because I can. And not out of a mystical or intellectual arrogance, but rather out of a desire to improve our writing quality and not to raise our level of pride, when it is not the case, through hyped-up names, flamboyant, terrifying or emoji-like phrases. Please don't give me likes.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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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