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Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson

All and Everything, First Series
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Penguin
 | 
August, 1999
ISBN:
9780140194739
Quantity: 
2
$45.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

First published in 1950, this book is generally considered Gurdjieff’s masterpiece and is one of the most challenging and rewarding works of 20th-century literature. Beelzebub, a man of worldly (and other-worldly) wisdom, now redeemed from the sins of his youth by his own meritorious labours, shares the anecdotes, personal philosophies, and lessons learned from his own life with his grandson, Hassein, in an intricate, fascinating dialogue extending over 900 pages. The reader is given a detailed discussion of all matters physical, natural, and spiritual, from the creation of the cosmos to man’s teleological purpose in the universe. This edition of Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson—the first single-volume paperback to appear in English—restores the original, authoritative translation.

Gurdjieff’s teachings and this major book are not for everyone, but for those who can and will use them, “This book is a guide to becoming a real human being; Gurdjieff advised us to read, reread and then read this Book again many, many times. Even if you read it thirty, even fifty times, you will always find something you missed before... You will eventually build up a network of real ideas that will be your own knowledge, not second-hand, but the priceless, hard-won fruit of your own struggle for understanding.” —Walter Driscoll

The book, in 3 parts, is “directed towards the solution of the following three cardinal problems:”

First Series: to Destroy, mercilessly, without any compromises whatsoever, in the mentation and feelings of the reader, the beliefs and views, by centuries rooted in him, about everything existing in the world.

Second Series: To acquaint the reader with the material required for a new creation and to prove the soundness and good quality of it.

Third Series: To assist the arising, in the mentation and in the feelings of the reader, of a veritable, nonfantastic representation not of that illusory world which he now perceives, but of the world existing in reality.

 

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

With Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, G.I. Gurdjieff intended to "destroy, mercilessly ... the beliefs and views about everything existing in the world." This novel beautifully brings to life the visions of humanity for which Gurdjieff has become esteemed. Beelzebub, a man of worldly (and other-worldly) wisdom, shares with his grandson the anecdotes, personal philosophies, and lessons learned from his own life.The reader is given a detailed discussion of all matters physical, natural, and spiritual, from the creation of the cosmos to man’s teleological purpose in the universe. This edition of Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson -- the first single-volume paperback to appear in English -- restores the original, authoritative translation.

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