23.12.2022
Had you chosen Monica, I could have written a splendid romance novel. You know who. Mystery, elegance, sensuality, sadness, all of them could have fit in her story. A Sânziana would have inspired a fantasy novel. I only would have needed a forest, a moonless night, a dance, an enchantment, and the text would have been done. I wouldn't have been able to stop writing. At least you could have picked a Veta. I could have tried my hand at a Covetable poem. Even Cărtărescu was able to do it. But this way, I can't even scrap together a flimsy draft, Admin.

(Translated by Bianca Ioana Prisecaru / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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