The curious vortex absorbs me into the book of childhood and I am young again. How ridiculous it is for a grown up man to read this kind of books on such puerile subjects. I'm so fascinated that I can hardly wait to stop being a grown-up. It is the story of a journey; of searching for lost memories, and I am drawn into an adventure of a rediscovered childhood. I am sucked in the rabbit's hole; I'm not even afraid to grow up in the end, because I've never forgotten how to return. When I grow up, I want to remember how to be young.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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