When I was a kid there was Lolek and Bolek, Miaunel and Bălănel, Lady and the Tramp, Tom and Jerry, Beauty and the Beast, Mom and Dad. Then I grew up and there was Quixote and Dulcinea, Hector and Andromaca, Plato and Seneca, Marquez and Eliade, Poe and Eminescu, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, Master and Daisy, Mom and Dad. Then I grew old and the only one I can frequent these days is the one where I am the delusion maker and you the reader. How bizarre death can be. Will all be darkness and silence?

(Translated by Lorina Xiaoyu Hou / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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