you would be surprised, they are not about you. The world doesn't revolve around you. Besides your world, there is another one, you know. A harsh one, in which starving children are reaching out for a crust of bread, in which mothers look helplessly at their sons who are taught to kill, in which the Earth is burning because its lungs were ripped away. I was throwing all my words and my rage at her Barbie face. A tear rolled away from her false blue eyes in sync with one from my heart. Was it her fault that she was given everything? Or nothing? Her soul can be saved. Still. But the world?  

(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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