On the biggest land in this big world there lived the biggest man who had ever set foot on Earth. He had the biggest hands that not even the biggest pair of eyes had seen before. He was the biggest carpenter, who had the biggest tools ever made and, having big ambitions, he went into the biggest forest with mighty trees, in order to look for the biggest one among them. Although he had initially thought that it would be no big deal, he made a big effort to cut it down and built the biggest house out of it, so that all the little people could fit in.

(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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