Since Cecile had died, Alois had been spending his days locked in his study next to a barrel organ he had bought from an antique shop in Heidelberg. When I entered I found him polishing, with a shabby felt, the brass crank. He didn't even look up. I broke the silence by telling him that I had an interesting case for him. Augustus. D, a robust 51-year-old woman who suddenly no longer recognized her children and was unable to undertake the most basic activities. I saw his eyes shining and he said: Bring her to me so I can see what's beyond. Now.

(Translated by Elena Patricia Măroiu / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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