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 brilliant sun.

Unpublished entries from Elizabeth Bennett's Paris diary
A foreword essay by George Bennett.
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Idiots In Paris