It is called The Museum of The First Read Book. I beg all my friends to send me their exhibits. Mine is Mache, the duck in sandals, a very well designed book about a ruffled boy who sleeps at the shadow of a tree. The Duck, Mache stole his sandals and flatters with them on the woof. I will continue with The Museum of the First Watched Movie. Two Times Lotte, a directed film about twins. I do not remember it clearly but I know that my father forgot his briefcase and my boots in the balcony. They were the first and the last that he bought for me, poor him.

(Translated by Teodora Stoian / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, 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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