How would it be to take out our unspoken words to a fair, those of us who don't find the time to arrange them in a book for fear of shackling them forever, those of us who don't dare to reveal them to people by word of mouth for fear of being silly, those of us who prefer monologue to the situation of becoming ridiculous. We would expose them freely and call the moment the Babel of Unspoken Words. Surely, they would find their own purpose. It's like when the barrel of your rifle scatters flowers around. What's the point of extolling the virtues of the bullet?  

(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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