He asked me in French where I got my Adibas jacket from. I wear it ironically, I say thinking he didn't get me joke and is messing with me. Turns out he does actually want to know where such treasures can be found. Where he's from, France, there are no fakes, only original pieces. And him, as the anticapitalistic anarchist that he is, wants to hit the hipster-boycotted corporations hard. In the circles he's used to, fakes like this crappy one are in great demand and they cost more than those that are real.

(Translated by Oana Oprea / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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