The first time he, my father, sent me to Uncle Tudor's little bookshop to pick up a big heavy book that stuck to me all the way home, somehow as if it was part of me. I just gave it to my father; it was dear to me. Ever since then, when I feel a piece of me is missing, I go to Uncle Tudor's bookshop at around five because that' s when the sun comes through the top window in thin, gold-woven strips and I feel loved and embraced. I've decided that when I grow up, I'm going to be a bookmark.

(Translated by Andreea Grințescu / 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 2022, the group has 8,175 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, 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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