- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Inner Traditions; 1 edition (June 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620556383
- ISBN-13: 978-1620556382
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
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Deconstructing Gurdjieff: Biography of a Spiritual Magician Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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"Churton's remarkable ability to make a coherent narrative out of disparate information while also weaving in other research interests, such as the influence of Aleister Crowley, makes this a valuable resource for those familiar with Gurdjieff's work, and it's easily readable for those coming fresh to the topic." (Publishers Weekly)
“They seek him here, they seek him there . . . that damned elusive Gurdjieff--part sage, part trickster, part prophet, part legend. Tobias Churton, in pursuit of this enigmatic figure, casts his net both wide and deep and delivers a wonderfully rich and nuanced account of Gurdjieff and the many currents that flowed into his life and teaching.” (Christopher McIntosh, Ph.D., author of Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival)
“. . . a scholarly journey that pursues an in-depth analysis of this purposely enigmatic spiritual teacher’s biography . . . offers perceptive insights into the spiritual and psychological teachings of Gurdjieff’s idiosyncratic genius and sheds light on the folktale-like stories of the relationship between Aleister Crowley and Gurdjieff. This book is comprehensive,entertaining, and highly recommended.” (James Wasserman, author of Templar Heresy: A Story of Gnostic Illumination)
“According to Albert Einstein, ‘If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.’ Churton understands. He has a profound ability to write about complex esoteric subjects in clear, down-to-earth language. Here he delves deep into the life of Gurdjieff in an attempt to separate fact from fiction and the myth from the man. As always, there is great wisdom and a uniquely modern perspective in Churton’s meticulous thought and prose. Deconstructing Gurdjieff, like all his books, is immensely informative, highly provocative--and a great read.” (John Zorn, composer-performer)
“Tobias brings to this highly perceptive and realistic picture of Gurdjieff expert knowledge of Western esotericism, the Yezidis, and Aleister Crowley--all of which have long needed a measured place in this mage’s story. This is a timely reappraisal and deconstruction of the spiritual ludibrium and life of a Master.” (Stephen J. King (Shiva X°), Grand Master, Ordo Templi Orientis)
About the Author
Britain’s leading scholar of Western Esotericism, Tobias Churton is a world authority on Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and Rosicrucianism. An Honorary Fellow of Exeter University, where he is a faculty lecturer, he holds a master’s degree in Theology from Brasenose College, Oxford, and is the author of many books, including Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin and Occult Paris. He lives in the heart of England.
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