I have just discovered from Taleb's excellent book, that the black Swan does not in fact exist, but that you must always be ready to encounter it, like a familiar presence in a string of routine events and always be able to minimize the consequences of the unforeseeable unexpected manifestation. No one was able to tell what had happened when He, a young and healthy man with an impeccable body, encountered the Black Swan in his bed one morning. The encounter was so surprising that his heart stopped beating. Forever.
(Translated by Marta Fulga / 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.