Gheorghiță, 11 years old, Huși, Vaslui County: I don't know which is the biggest house in the world, but in ourcity, the biggest house is the Culture House. This is what's written on the signboard, but it should be called the House of Weddings, Christenings and Memorial Services. Ina, 10 years old, Ploiești: I asked grandpa to help me with the answer to this question and he told me that the biggest house in the country is the National House of Public Pensions. Florin, 12 ani, Bucharest: My dad is a psychiatrist and he told me that Earth is the biggest madhouse.

(Translated by Valentina Mihai / 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 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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