This text will resemble a confession. It will be like a kind of catharsis. By far, it will be the best I've ever written. It will resemble something written by Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy or Garcia Marquez, for example. Although it is 500 characters long, this is what it will look like. It just won't look like the cucumber, which the cucumber is a dicotyledonous fruit, yellow-green in color, it is part of the curcubitaceae family, it has a stem in the shape of a spell, it reproduces by seeds and it has 98% water, that's it.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoș / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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