For this purpose, Arendt uses the novel “In search of lost time” by Marcel Proust as a document of the era. This essay elucidates the methodological impact of the novel in resolving the socio-political problems it describes. The author shows that the magnum opus of the famous French writer had a significant, foundational influence on H. Arendt’s thought. In particular, the article reconstructs her dialogue with M. Proust, the result of which was Arendt’s expansion of the potential of fiction. Since then, the novel has not been limited to its instrumental character. It acquires the ontological significance of storytelling. The paper shows the logic of Hannah Arendt’s disclosure of the novel’s capabilities through her interpretation of “In Search of Lost Time”. The author also identifies the factors that influenced this logic. The proposed perspective on fiction as the source of H. Arendt’s thought allows the author to reveal the origins of Arendt’s innovative philosophical ideas (storytelling, in particular) characterized by a literary component.
Keywords: novel, antisemitism, society, storytelling, Hannah Arendt, Marcel Proust, Walter Benjamin
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