• Amra Memić


In order to be able to understand the Proust's search for lost time, firstly we need to explain the basic terms closely connected to this, according to many, the best novel of all times that altruistically offers the humanity recipe for happy life philosophy. To understand Proust's concept of time, at the same time means to possess basic knowledge in many natural science, primarily in physics (quantum physics and theory of chaos), but also in philosophy and history.  To be able to understand how this Zen Buddhism can be connect with one of the world's greatest writer, Marcel Proust, we must first explain the concepts of Zen Buddhism and its highest goal-Satori, and then we must also deal with Bergson's interpretation of time and ''memory'', Russian school of formalism, contemporary self psychology, and it is also inevitable to mention the Celtic mythology, all with the goal better to understand Proust as a writer who can really change our lives. Proust, himself, could be perceived as an excellent self-psychologist, because his huge novel In Search of Lost Time can be seen as a contemporary form of self-psychoanalysis, in whose centre of  interests is a conflict between I (Marcel as narrator) and Not-I (Marcel as the hero, through the time mirrors). Self psychology is the first scientifically proven theory that connects a sense of identity (self) as non-duality (Unity) between I and Other. While I and Other seemingly create conflict situation, they still make a meaningful whole in which I and Other are defined, complementary and creating each other. He seems to be trying to cross the invisible furrow between '' this '' and '' that '' world, i.e., he if trying to achieve their unity, what he has certainly succeeded at that moment when he again found the lost time, and recipients of this, his, timeless novel offers teleporter to another and nicer dimensions of living.

May 20, 2017
How to Cite
MEMIĆ, Amra. MARCEL PROUST AND ZEN-BUDDHISM (WHAT IS SATORI AND WHY IS PROUST BUDDHISTS?). PALIMPSEST / ПАЛИМПСЕСТ, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 3, p. 149-160, may 2017. ISSN 2545-3998. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 04 july 2020.