Of Reality and Dream

If life were a movie, the soundtrack would be enough to inform us what is about to happen and, who knows, maybe we could even lull the conviction that we choose the music ourselves. Did I ever tell you about the illusion of free will?

Of Reality and Dream is a collection of flash fiction and short stories suspended between the real and the imaginary, in which different atmospheres and genres share the absence of answers, heroes or winners; an introspective narration that unfolds in a dreamlike dimension, at times ironic, with predominantly dark tones.

It was first introduced to the public in 1997 through an independent label that promoted the works of debutant authors on a stall in the historic Via Garibaldi in Turin, obtaining an appreciable acclaim.

Part of the collection is re-edited in 2018, when some of the stories are included in the web app Tales for Underground, a project by Osmotica.

Supplemented by The Illusion of Free Will, an unpublished novella in seventeen cinematic-style scenes, in December 2018 this selection was published on Amazon in Kindle format, keeping the title of the original collection from 1997. In May 2019 it was translated into English.

Release date: MAY 2019.

First published as Della Realtà e del Sogno in 2018.

Second edition: OCTOBER 2019.


This collection includes some of the stories written when, somewhere between high school and the age when you realize that the quarter of a century is not just a legend, I was experimenting with my passion for writing and searching for my own personal style.

Today I want to introduce them to you, with their flaws and virtues, to stop in time that period of my life and – why not? – for a farewell to the boy I was.

That boy who showed, as a coveted trophy, his reckless literary experiments, displayed on a stall in Via Garibaldi and sold as photocopies with spiral binding in a nearby copy shop.

That boy who spent hours on the typewriter, and who in front of his first word processing software felt the same thrill as when he saw Nastassja Kinski in Cat People.

That boy who stopped writing more than twenty years ago, after encapsulating in one last story emotions that he was unable to cope in any other way.

That boy who is now asking me if he made the right choice.


FINALIST in the SPR Book Awards 2019.


Loredano Cafaro Indies Today Finalist

FINALIST in the Indies Today Awards 2020.


“A philosophical, mysterious and highly interesting collection of flash fiction stories …
The kind of book that you can’t shake easily out of your cerebral cortex.”

― Maria Beltran, Readers’ Favorite ☆☆☆☆☆

Read the full review on Readers’ Favorite.


Loredano Cafaro Indies Today

“Unexpectedly insightful and surprisingly poignant.”

― Nicky Flowers, Indies Today ☆☆☆☆☆

Read the full review on Indies Today.


Literary Titan Silver Book Award

“Cafaro clearly has a way with words as his ability to describe scenes and entities exemplifies the proficiency of a skilled poet.”

― Literary Titan ☆☆☆☆

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Watch the book trailer on YouTube.

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