1,224 books on the four walls, solid shelves from top to bottom, a lamp, a mattress, a funnel that crossed the east wall as a urinal, and an iron door with a peephole through which they slipped their food. It was the dungeon from which they had promised to take him when he had finished reading. The book with the thickest covers had to be read last, they told him. He longed for freedom. He'd lost his counting. Was it night, was it day? The Day After, the last one, what a title. He opened it and there was an inscribed pistol inside. Freedom.

(Translated by Andreea-Daniela Vasilache / 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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