Ferrari brought in the summertime from the country to the house in Antibes, long-legged mistresses, duplex in Marais, villa in Courchevel, the best full season dining at Le Club 55, a life full of luxe, calme et volupté even more fauvistly lived than Matisse had painted it. The man with the most longed-for existence died unhappily in a luxury asylum in the south of France. When they found him in his last model of wheelchair, Boss 6 Series, a smirk froze in rigor mortis and his hand had clung on to a book: Man's Search for Meaning.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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 2022, the group has 8,350 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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