Andrei Astvatsaturov is the Director of the Nabokov Museum, Associate Professor at St Petersburg University and a well-known writer. His online lecture ‘The writer in exile. Henry Miller’s years in Paris’ has been viewed by over 20,000 people. Internet users from Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine and Turkey participated in the live lecture broadcast.
The viewers, who are currently self-isolating, expressed appreciation to Andrei Astvatsaturov for his lecture in their comments. Here are some them: ‘I didn’t notice the time pass. What a fascinating story! Thank you. I think I should re-read Miller’s books’; and ‘Thank you for the excellent lecture. You’ve brightened up our quarantine hours’.
The video recording of the lecture ‘The writer in exile: Henry Miller’s years in Paris’ is available on the official VKontakte page of the Nabokov Museum of St Petersburg University.
Many participants in the broadcast asked questions including about the influence of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s ideas on Henry Miller, and how he became a cult figure in the world of fiction. There were also questions about Andrei Astvatsaturov’s essay on Henry Miller in his recently published book ‘Chaos and Symmetry. From Wilde to the Present Day.’ This book analyses the texts of the great masters of literature from the past and the present. More online lectures on American literature were requested. Some participants suggested that Andrei Astvatsaturov should speak about Anaïs Nin and William Burroughs, whose works bear connections to Henry Miller’s writings.