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The herodeacon Savatie, in the world Stefan Bastovoi, is very known in the writers’ circle for his poems from the volume The Promised Elephant (1996, The Award for Debut of The Union Writers of Moldavia, The Award of The National Book Salon from Iasi, The Award of The National Salon from Chisinau, The Award of The Soros Foundation); The War’s Book (1997); The Fishing Fish – a story (1998); The House of Time (1999). In 2000, he published the volume Idol or icon? and recently The Orthodoxy for Postmodernists, together with Nicolae Balota, the deacon Andrei Kuraev and Dumitru Crudu. Beginning with 1993, he published poetry, short fiction, fragments of novel, essays and articles in the most important reviews in Romania and Basarabia. From 1996 he has become a member of The Writers’ Union from Moldavia.
He was born (1976, Chisinau) and he lived in a total atheist familiy. Before monasticism, he was caught by his father’s conception, a graduate of The Philosophy Faculty of Petersburg. As a result of some variances, his father, teacher at The Institute Creanga of Chisinau, moved in a small , wood-surrounded village with only 60 houses, from the departament Calarasi, where he would be a forester and, later, a propagander at The Cultural Section from the town. The future monk very often went at the lessons of atheist propaganda which his father was teaching or at the “organizations” and the kolchoz(?) brigades. Since he was a child, he has been concerned with painting and sport (especially table tennis, being “champion’s departament for juniors” for 3 years consecutively). He graduated the painting school for children from the small town of Calarasi and The Art College “Octav Bancila” from Iasi, the departament of monumental picture where his marks were goods only at this speciality. In the 12-th grade, he was hospitalized at Socola at the teachers’ insistence, this event “enriching” his poetic universe; he would often return to the theme of madness and death, solitude and separation. A telegram which announced him to be present at awarding’ poetry stopped the doctors’ doubts who told him that they “still had a schyzophrenic man who wrote poems”. In the hospital he wrote A Diazepam for god, volume which seemed to offer his public recognition. In the high-school, he also read a lot of modern poetry.
He was captivated by Freud and Nietzsche. Bastovoi`style was remarkable for the sometimes raving imagination and the original associations with many comparisons emphasized by a warm and discreet tone. He was an active member of The Junimea Literary Circle of Iasi, where he was nicknamed “the policeman of the literary circle”, for the harsh criticisms and “lyrical machinery” because he “wrote one book by week”. He obtained the award of the reviews: Convorbiri Literare (Literary Dialogueues), Timpul (The Time), Dacia literara (Litterary’ Dacia) and The Great Award at Tecuci. He is present in many Romanian contemporary poetry anthologies from Romania and Basarabia. He is mentionated in An opened history of the litteratury’history from Basarabia by Mihai Cimpoi and in Romanian Postmodernism by Mircea Cartarescu (Humanitas Publ. House). Well known critics and contemporary poets wrote reviews ( highly praising him, maybe too often) in the most important cultural magazines in Romania and Basarabia. Between 1996 and 1998 he attended, the courses of the West University in Timishoara, then abandoned them after reading, before becoming a monk, the life of Saint Anthony the Great.



 

In 1999, he was baptised for monasticism by the bishop Dorimedont, receiving the name Savatie, as a sign of praise for Saint Savatie from Solovetc.

At the 28th of October, the day of Saint Paisie Velicicovski, he became a deacon. Today, he is the editor of an orthodox spirituality review, Ekklesia, teaching Iconography at the Theological Seminar from the Noul Neamt Monastery in Chishinau.

Savatie rejects many of his writings signed with the name Stefan Bastovoi, as being harmful for the soul

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