We have to standardize our tricolor personality, train our pink excesses, abuse our pastel selves built over the year for the few days of Christmas red. A blue space, heavenly silence, a fireplace full of sawdust of a gray hue on which the obese bearded man enters in his half-magic of the net, some internal escalators from which appear transvestites, deformed, but cheerful men who cannibalize their bodies, and the gushing blood is a chromatic yellow stained with red.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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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