Idiots In Paris
IN 1949, JG BENNETT was engaged, with Gurdjieff's help and guidance, in a titanic struggle with his own nature, which he describes in these diaries
and, with more perspective, in his autobiography, Witness: The Story of a Search.
Elizabeth's diary, which makes up the bulk of this book, has a different
value. It is simply as a witness to conditions in Gurdjieff's circle at the
end of his life. Elizabeth's diary shares with the account of Rina Hands—The
Diary of Madam Egout Pour Sweet—the virtue of being a straightforward
description with very little "self" in it.
In the 21st century, when there are few people left alive who "knew" the
Armenian mystic philosopher Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (d. 1949), it is
all the more important to have such honest and impartial eyewitness accounts
as the one Elizabeth Bennett presents here.
Elizabeth's original introduction, included in this new edition, and the
diaries themselves outline far better than any later commentator can the
conditions in which Gurdjieff's pupils lived, satellites revolving round a
Unpublished entries from Elizabeth Bennett's Paris diary
A foreword essay by George Bennett.
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