The late Mario Pascal. That's what the book will be called. It will be a matter of identity, a twist of fate that will prove that retreating from the world makes no one happier. We all belong to society and we can't escape it. We wear the masks of intellectual thinkers, ruined in spirit. We come to live a lie without knowing who we are or what we have become. I don't like the name. Mattia's better. The late Mattia Pascal. Luigi. Luigi. Pirandello, don't you hear, go to the blackboard. Stop dreaming, you won't win the Nobel Prize with your dreams.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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