This is me burning bridges, is the beginning of the letter from the man who had the courage to speak out even after his tongue was ripped out. Some hate me and some love me, so continued the man whose hands were cut off because he wouldn't let himself be trampled and wrote on. Exiled like Napoleon on a deserted Elba. Thrown like a blind Theseus into the labyrinth of Minos. I forgive you all, so ended the outlaw, finding a room in which he rediscovered his Universe. His blind spot. Post Scriptum: Love is always the answer.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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