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 Supplemented by The illusion of Free Will, an unpublished novella in seventeen cinematic-style scenes, in December 2018 this selection was published on Amazon in Kindle format, keeping the title of the original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.
Notes to the second edition
The second edition is the result of valuable feedback from readers, a restyling that translated into small yet substantial changes: removed the numbering of the stories with the title at the end, replaced by a classic initial title; removed page breaks in correspondence with the scenes that make up The Illusion of Free Will, so as to allow a more fluid reading experience.
Some flash fiction stories, whose stylistic register was out of tune with the whole, were removed for format coherence: The Shadow, Massimiliano Observes, The Substantial Reality of Facts, Game Time and Happy Ending remain available only to the loyal owners of the first edition.
The sequence of the stories and the cover were also reviewed.