By Gary Lachman
P. D. Ouspensky's vintage paintings looking for the amazing used to be the 1st to disseminate the guidelines of G. I. Gurdjieff, the mysterious grasp of esoteric suggestion within the early 20th century who nonetheless instructions a following this day. Gurdjieff's mystique has lengthy eclipsed Ouspensky, as soon as defined by way of Gurdjieff as "nice to drink vodka with, yet a vulnerable man." but Ouspensky was once an excellent, complete thinker in his personal correct, and a few think of his assembly with the charismatic "Mr. G." the disaster of his existence. certainly, in next years Ouspensky attempted difficult, with constrained good fortune, to wreck away.
This ebook strikes Ouspensky's personal tale heart level, opposed to the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, the dervishes of Constantinople, and a sophisticated Europe entre deux guerres. The archetypal stumble upon it describes echoes that of Don Juan and Castaneda, or even Mephistopheles and Faust. one of many nice mystical adventures of our time, it's going to fascinate every person attracted to the farthest reaches of what it skill to be human. The paperback version contains a new bankruptcy on Gary Lachman's personal former paintings in Gurdjieff's psychology.