Subject for PhD thesis in philosophy: Is the zebra white with black stripes or black with white stripes? Study financed for 10 years, trips to the zebra's natural habitat, mandatory annual communications of the results obtained along the way, necessarily three articles published in renowned specialized magazines. Shooting the zebra to be studied at home is not allowed. After 10 years of intense work: the question must be addressed to the Creator and I did not find him at home, please supplement the funds.
(Translated by Tania Diniță / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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.