Did you hear about the man who mistook his wife for a hat? I saw the book in bookstores. I'm afraid to read it. I happened to mistake a banana peel for a homunculus after reading Golem. I am easily influenced. But I find the order interesting. It's good to know you have a wife and a hat. And discernment, I say. Isn't it better for us, that we have neither wives nor hats? That's how one gets rid of any confusion. Let's go in, though, and see how a wide-brimmed black felt wife would suit you.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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