After three days of hell walking through the jungle, we arrived. There willbe an amazing reportage. The man in front of me is tanned and thin. He told me: I was the director of a bank in Paris. I went to the teambuilding, but the plane crashed into the ocean. Five of my friends and I arrived on this island. The others died, one by one. I have been alone here for a month. And you have not been looking for a human settlement, do you not miss civilization? I ask. No, I am introverted, I like air, water, solitude. And there is a small detail. Which? I ask. I am cannibal.

(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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