With this creped face of coelenterate I am always disturbed by the in advertisement between the one who is in the eyes of others and the one who really is. Misanthropic, agoraphobic and antisocial, maybe that's why I'm also antitypical. It's too late to be seen on the roof. How cruel is solitude seen by the bowels scattered on the pavement after you hit the cement. That short, twin struggle of life within you completes the picture of the earphones and phone flashes.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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