I like horizontal writing, without mains, I being the first second of my career. The explosion of my creation is auditory, because if you blink you miss my presence. I get lost in a smog of traits that are not specific to me, I dissipate myself into risky features. It is good to listen, because this way you see the foundations of the ceiling, the dusty ruin of the scenography of the soul emptied of the emotion of the living and the canon of the road of an easy success. We have the scheme, the puppets, the applause. But we are still lost donkeys in the fog.

(Translated by Andreea Theodora Drăgan / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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