I understood this part in the 5th grade, when I memorized Hesperus. All of it. Obviously, I identified myself with Hesperus, not with that stupid girl Cătălina. How stupid can one be so as to run away with the boy from the bar when, at your window, gliding on a ray of light, every night, there is this one prince? She didn't understand what he meant, as she hadn't had read all that much until then and didn't have all that many cultural references. And he had very complicated existential dilemmas. That's why I also said that better to be eternal, cold and true than to live in your sphere's narrowness.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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