M.M. Loviste


M.M. Loviste is born in 1956 in Boisoara, Tara Lovistei. After graduating from the Panait Donici Engineering Military Institute in 1979, he works as a sapper leader until 1989, when he is discharged. Since 1994, he has worked for a radio station, and since 1995, for a television channel, where he makes short movies, documentaries, news reports, television investigations, live transmissions, and live shows. From 1996 until 2008, he is the General Manager of the Etalon television station, during which time this station is recognized at national and international levels, especially in the field of short movies. Loviste attends the “Days and Nights of Literature” International Festival in both 2007 and 2008, where he films “The 14th Wave,” a documentary highly praised by the president of U.S.R. (Writers’ Union of Romania). Loviste is also noted for his exclusive interviews with the famed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and the 2006 Nobel Laureate for literature, Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk. Loviste’s literature and television activity have brought him numerous regional prizes and distinctions.

In 1994, Loviste publishes his first prose volume, “A Cross Too Heavy,” which deals with the Romanian village during the period around World War II. His next novel, “Stolen Identities” (1996), portrays Romanian soldiers being taken hostage in the Soviet Union. In 1997, he publishes “Nessus’s Attire,” a radiography of the period before and after the Communist regime. In his short story volume “The Irretrievable” (1999), the author addresses social issues. In 1999 he becomes a member of U.S.R. In 2001, he publishes “The City of the Last Eclipse,” a satire on the Romanian society after 1989, which in 2008 receives the Vasile Militaru Award from the Writers’ Union of Romania during the second National Festival for Literature and Satire in Pitesti. His last two volumes are republished in 2006 and launched during the Gaudeamus International Book Fair in Bucharest. In 2007, the same books are nominated for the U.S.R.-Pitesti Book of the Year (for prose) Award.

In 2009, he publishes the novel “Apprentices of the Word,” a terrible confrontation between good and evil. At stake in this dramatic confrontation is man, to whom God gives freedom of choice. The key to this novel is, naturally, the Word, which is omnipresent and vital to man. The same year, the volume receives the U.S.R.-Pitesti Special Jury Book of the Year (for prose) Award. The Church also recognizes the spiritual and artistic value of the book, the Archbishop of Arges and Muscel, His Eminence Calinic Argatu, awarding it the plaquette of Saint Voivode Neagoe Basarab and the icon of the Saint, plated in silver and gold.

Starting with 2012, the author devotes himself for four years to a new novel. “Halacha?” is built on the basis of three literary landmarks: First, the atmosphere in which the greatest act of injustice in the entire history of the human race – the Trial of Jesus – took place two thousand years ago; second, the political games that led to the assassination of Jesus Christ by involving high-level corruption – the terrible scourge haunting humanity yesterday, today and tomorrow – in the process; finally, the presentation of the most unusual form of legal defense of the Son Of God – silence. U.S.R.-Pitesti nominates the book for the Book of the Year (for prose) Award.

In 2020 he writes “The Sacraments of Matrimony,” a humor and satire novella on those who mystify the biblical concept of the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony.

In 2021 follows “The Inauguration,” another humor and satire novella, offering a radiography of the current society in a provincial town, set against the background of the vices and flaws of the characters.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you see the light of day? Do you think the place of birth influences your writing?
I was born in a hard winter with neck-deep snow, in one of the loveliest places on earth, Tara Lovistei. This land is largely a creation of the Olt river, just as Egypt is a gift of the Nile, of course, in different proportions. Tara Lovistei cannot be described in words; it must be seen on a spring, summer, autumn, or winter day. It's hard for me to imagine something more beautiful, more fascinating. There it is said that the good God painted nature, and the locals are a living legend, as the Roman scribe Anneus Florus confessed regarding the Daco-Roman conflict in the Olt Valley: “The Dacians live in the mountains. These are ad mortem paratissimi,” meaning death scorners. What could you want more than to stem from these ad mortem paratissimi?
When did you start writing? Do you remember the first story you wrote?
Monsieur Jourdain was speaking in prose without knowing it. I started the same way, because story and reality overlap without a doubt in these ancestral places. In fact, stories enslaved my soul from an early age. I even became a book character in the volume “Doctor in Boisoara” by the formidable prose writer Andrei Pandrea: “I'm talking to the host's children: Mihaita, a skinny blond five-year-old boy, and Tudorita-lita, almost three, plump and chubby-cheeked, with black eyes. Mihaita, wanting to befriend me, is telling me stories. He stares at me insistently and begins. Once upon a time, there was a Red Riding Hood. And a mother of the Riding Hood. Are you listening? Mihaita pulls at my sleeve, thinking I'm not paying attention.” Literally, I debuted a little later. It must have been in the first primary classes, when my father brought me the magazine “Cutezatorii” (“The Intrepid”) because the shop assistant at the village store could not give him enough change. The then editor of the magazine urged children to write stories from their birthplaces, promising to publish the most beautiful ones. I wrote to them how I would run away from home in summer to go bathing, like Ion Creanga. To cure me, my mother would come to the backwater and take my clothes. I would take another change of clothes, which I would hide among the pebbles. About two weeks later, our postman brought my mother the edition with my story and 27 lei, the value of the story. My father took the magazine everywhere until it got torn to pieces. All the children of the school sent their stories then, but only mine were published.
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Where to find M.M. Loviste online


The Sacraments of Matrimony - Fragment narrated by the author
The Sacraments of Matrimony - Fragment narrated by the author (Romanian edition).

Un Stalin cu fustă
Dramatizarea unui fragment din volumul de proză de ficțiune IRECUPERABILII, în regia și interpretarea Teatrului Municipal ARIEL din Râmnicu Vâlcea (2005).

Poetul Evgheni Evtușenko a fost un OM minunat și una dintre cele mai ardente voci auzite în spațiul dictaturii sovietice în vremea „dezghețului”, după moartea tătucului Stalin. Am avut șansa de a-l întâlni pe marele poet la Festivalul Internațional Zile și nopți de literatură de la Neptun din 2007. I-am luat un interviu în exclusivitate, aproape de ora prânzului, la Casa Scriitorilor.

Lansare de carte la Târgul Internațional de Carte Gaudeamus București 2006
La această ediție 2006 a TÂRGULUI INTERNAȚIONAL DE CARTE GAUDEAMUS sunt prezente cărțile "Irecuperabilii" și "Orașul ultimei eclipse", scrise de autorul vâlcean M.M. Loviște. Despre aceste volume și despre autorul lor ne vorbește domnul Dan Zamfirescu, cunoscutul scriitor, istoric literar, teolog, critic literar, specialist în limbi slave și literatură veche, profesor universitar, director fondator al editurii Roza Vânturilor.


Price: $2.25 USD. Words: 6,430. Language: Romanian. Published: September 24, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Într-un orășel dintre munți, domnul Nik taie și spânzură. Nik este invitat de onoare la inaugurarea unui eveniment monden unic în viața urbei. Lucrurile scapă de sub control. Acțiunea curge palpitant, cu situații limită și multe schimbări de decor, trăite sub un soare năucitor.
The Sacraments of Matrimony
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 10,000. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Emma Majore could never have imagined that a religious wedding would be more difficult than finding her soulmate. But the pretensions of the anointed of God unleash hell on the couple wanting to unite their destinies before the Divinity. The trials and tribulations they go through make up incredible scenes of delicious humor. Will they manage to avoid the traps so well arranged by the men of God?
Tainele Cununiei
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 9,250. Language: Romanian. Published: April 18, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Emma Majore nu și-ar fi închipuit că o cununie religioasă ar fi mai anevoiasă decât să-și găsească alesul inimii. Pretențiile „unșilor” Domnului dezlănțuie iadul pentru tinerii veniți să-și unească destinele în fața Divinului. Peripețiile prin care trec alcătuiesc scene incredibile, de un umor delicios. Vor reuși ei să se strecoare printre capcanele atât de bine ticluite de „slujitorii” Domnului?
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 73,930. Language: Romanian. Published: January 2, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Eveniment crucial, Procesul lui Iisus a marcat ireversibil istoria umanității. Romanul Halacha? prezintă atmosfera în care s-a comis cel mai mare act de injustiție din istorie, jocurile politice care au condus la asasinarea Lui Hristos și cea mai neobișnuită formă de apărare a Lui Mesia – tăcerea. Iată marea provocare, cine va putea descifra taina tăcerii Lui Iisus?
Orașul Ultimei Eclipse
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 37,070. Language: Romanian. Published: January 6, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Romanul este o satiră la adresa societăţii româneşti de după ’89, aflate in eclipsă. Autorul se ancorează în realitatea crudă a vremii. Râsul său nimicitor face să explodeze instantaneu demagogia vorbelor deșarte, falsa cultură, falsul umor, învăluind tragicul, sublimul, grotescul în plasa fină a ironiei. Sub acest umor aparent nevinovat se ascunde drama incomensurabilă a societății.
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 35,920. Language: Romanian. Published: January 6, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Romanul începe de la un fapt real: colectivizarea forțată a mediului rural din România. Punctul culminant este atins în Țara Loviștei, când fiara comunistă hotărăște suprimarea unei întregi comunități din creierul munților. Acești țărani simpli sunt condamnați la ani grei de temniță pentru că refuză să se înscrie in colectivele agricole de producție. Pentru comunism ei devin irecuperabili.
Ucenicii Cuvântului
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 58,020. Language: Romanian. Published: April 15, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Historical » General
Romanul de ficţiune Ucenicii Cuvântului dezvăluie într-un ritm alert şi tulburător evenimentele cruciale ale lumii, surprinse într-o viziune unică şi inefabilă. Naraţiunea e copleşitoare, suspensul e la el acasă, cititorul devine captivul unei lupte pe viaţă şi pe moarte între forţele binelui şi cele ale răului. Miza conflictului este omul(cititorul), căruia Divinul îi oferă libertatea de a alege.
Apprentices of the Word
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 62,200. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Historical » General
The fiction novel Apprentices of the Word reveals the crucial events of the world caught in a unique and ineffable vision. The story is overwhelming, the suspense is binding, and the reader becomes the prisoner of a life-and-death fight between good and evil. The stake of the conflict is man (the reader), to whom God gives the freedom of choice.