I couldn't have been anything else with this fated name. I've loved it since they used to call attendance in class: Sânzâiana Patrofin, forward, please. Very cool. It sounded so dominant, so majestic that I've felt a touch of genius ever since. My friends call me Sânzi. I only allow it in private, as one can understand, obviously to help them overcome their small complexes. If today I am the leader of a PR division in a big corporation, it is only because I believed in myself. My father would have never given me this position if I hadn't passed my high-school graduation exam.

(Translated by Ruxandra Adriana Dodoiu / 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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