Beelzebub's Tales

Gurdjieff International Review

Facts, Fictions & Speculations

A Two Title Review

by J. Walter Driscoll


[A review by J. Walter Driscoll of An Introduction to Gurdjieff's Beelzebub: a Modern Sufi Teaching Tale, by Anna Challenger (from which we are pleased to present Chapter Four in this issue) and Metanoia: Beyond the Mind We Go, a novel by Len Maurice. Challenger and Maurice have written the first books to focus on Beelzebub's Tales since A. R. Orage's Commentaries (1961) and J. G. Bennett's Talks (1977).]
It's been almost 50 years since G. I. Gurdjieff's seminal Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson, the most enigmatic of his three books, was published. Largely ignored (except by students of his teaching) but, like his teaching, quietly influential, the book's impact is only recently beginning to register in popular and academic culture. There is an enormous literature documenting Gurdjieff's ideas, teaching and influence, but Anna Challenger and Len Maurice have written the first books to focus on Beelzebub's Tales since A. R. Orage's Commentaries(1961) and John G. Bennett's Talks (1977).…

[The complete text is available in the printed copy of this issue.]

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