Easy, my darlings, hold your questions: where have you been, what have you done, etc. I've been suspended for 90 days in my own happiness, and during this, I also signed up for classes of doing nothing, anticipating the theme, because they don't call me The Lazy Prophet for nothing. That's how I discovered the meaning of life: the more you learn to pickle, the more chances of becoming immortal, death reaching the saturation point between the salt and the sour of life, ceasing to pursue you for mercantile purposes. xoxo

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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