Books come alive; not in the poetic sense, but in the literal sense, tomes, that piece of paper between the cardboard you hold in your hands, it wants to listen to the advice you were given in your youth, when you were told to get that book in your head. And, bang, it slides between your palms slamming into my face, attempting an artificial transfer of knowledge. On how many exams haven't we dreamt of dreaming of how science goes into our heads when we fall asleep, blubbering with exhaustion on the lecture sheets? The next morning, when I woke up, I had begun to study hard. And vice versa.

(Translated by Adrian-George Ilinca / 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 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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