Two words, constitution, and genius were abused until they started to enjoy it. I will not speak of constitution, but the word genius and its derivatives deserve attention. The word itself is void of meaning because of intense improper use. If the kid says something, he's a genius. We're going to the seaside, it's brilliant. I found the keys to my house, I'm a genius. A lad strikes a goal? You know what he's supposed to be called. Nevertheless, it's not so great being a genius. A bunch of misunderstood people. Einstein. Tesla. Eminescu. Me. Da Vinci. Michelangelo.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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