Producer: Shock and terror today in the Capital, where hundreds of writers stormed the parks and the terraces, making innocent people read whole literature passages, leaving hundreds of victims behind. The few witnesses that managed to escape said that they haven't been so terrified since the baccalaureate exam. Reporter: You were attacked with Baudelaire. How do you feel? Witness: So, I'm telling you, it was horrible, it was like the baccalaureate exam. I thought I was going to die. Producer: Thank you. We now move on to the sports news.  

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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