there's no place like home, so began the story of the man who wanted to see the world knowing he had only 6 months to live. The doctors had advised him to get everything in order and say goodbye to his loved ones. That's exactly what he did. He sold everything. Threw away his phone and embarked on the adventure of his life. He rode a Tuk-tuk in Mumbai, took an ox-cart in China, went diving in the Mariana Trench, skydived, and talked with monks in Tibet. They buried him in his absence. Five years have passed, and he's still traveling.

(Translated by Lorina Xiaoyu Hou / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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