“We are all outcasts and refugees, “orphans parched by the war”. William Saroyan loved, consoled and delighted people precisely because he felt this orphanage all too keenly”.
On October 14, Russian-Armenian University Head of Department of Russian and World Literature and Culture Lilit Meliksetyan delivered a charity lecture “William Saroyan: Searching for father and fatherland” at the Common Ground art-space.
“We are all outcasts and refugees, “orphans”. William Saroyan loved, consoled and delighted people precisely because he felt this orphanage all too keenly. He also longed for his father who passed away early, and for that “old homeland” never seen before, which had come into his life through the narratives of adult outcasts and appeared to him as the greatest place on earth — the very homeland that could, in a sense, bring his father back”, - shared Lilit Meliksetyan.
Finding out the image of the world of his works, each of the attendants was able to feel the importance of holding their own world inside even more.
“... a different world, a better world, a better people, a better way of doing things.”
Note that the funds raised during the lecture were donated to the VIVA Charitable Foundation.
Translated by Milena Avanesyan,
I year Master’s Student in Translation & Interpretation, RAU