In Moscow, St. Petersburg, Essentuki, Tiflis, Constantinople, Berlin, Paris, London, Fontainebleau, New York, and Chicago

With a foreword by Joseph Azize

Author: Gurdjieff, G. I.
ISBN: 978-0-9572481-1-3
Binding: Hardback
Publisher: Book Studio
Publish Date: 2014
Pages: 464
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″

The talks in this volume are not verbatim transcriptions. In the early years of Gurdjieff’s exposition of the fourth way teaching, he rarely allowed notes to be taken during his talks. The majority of his early talks were written down after the fact by pupils who were present, either individually or collectively, and should be taken as recollections of what people believed Gurdjieff to have said.

The provenance of the talks are library archives, private collections, and individuals from all around the world. They have been arranged chronologically and are presented in this edition for the first time in their entirety.

Over one hundred authentic talks, unaltered and unexpurgated.
Illustrated and fully indexed with exercises, sayings and aphorisms.

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Joseph Azize Reviews: Gurdjieff’s Early Talks

John Robert Colombo reviews Gurdjieff’s Early Talks



5.0 out of 5 stars Very important document

This book is loonng overdue. Thank you for publishing. Notes from Mr. Gurdjieff's meetings.

affecionado December 24, 2020

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Gurdjieff book

I never leave reviews but this book was fantastic.

Cynthia Garnett July 31, 2020

5.0 out of 5 stars Elemental

For students of the Work, this is straight from the horse's mouth, the fundamentals without alteration.

Will Venard May 29, 2019

5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous. As clear a description of inner Work as ...

Marvelous. As clear a description of inner Work as can be put in written form.

Ellen July 9, 2018

3.0 out of 5 stars A clear service, with a missed opportunity

Gathering and sharing all these rewarding materials is a clear service. From where I sit, the book would be improved by deleting the opening essay, which attempts, in a round about way, to rise above the several lineages following Gurdjieff's death, and continuing today. A comment in the essay about "Views from the Real World"--organized and published under the guidance of Madame de Salzmann--reveals an operating bias at work in relation to her, and thus a missed opportunity to share important materials without inserting "politics." However, reading the introductory essay is not obligatory and the service performed in gathering these "Talks" outweighs any attempt to use this book, however subtly, as a divisive platform. James Opie

Amazon Customer June 11, 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars excellent background info

Yes, met expectations ......excellent background info ....

Barry Jacobs May 27, 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK. If you want to listen just to Mister Gurdjeff's own words, this is it for the first half of his teaching career.

Incredible piece of work, to reassemble essentially every recorded talk from glimpses of truth which opens Views from the Real World and most of the other pieces there read done with new language much more well guided and remembered by many many people differently so that this volume was an absolute necessity. If you want to hear Mister Gurdjeff speak himself without any interference from Ouspensky or Orage or anyone else, this is the book. My only complaint is the effacement of the symbols that adorned the whiteboard which is half the front cover. It's probably because there are no written explanations in Mister Gurdjeff's words about those particular diagrams that I call the & diagrams. Oh well. Maybe an empty head and an empty whiteboard is the perfect companion to the ideas of Mister Gurdjeff pouring out his life for the world and mankind with no apologies thank you. The single most extraordinary man of the twentieth century in my opinion spare none. THE TEACHER for the new Aion

Ziprgun5 December 19, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Entirely New, But Valuable Anyway

Notes of lectures by Gurdjieff made by his pupils have been thin on the ground. We have the books: Views From The Real World and Peter Ouspensky's excellent In Search of The Miraculoius. This useful book contains notes, some of which clearly come from some of the lectures documented in those books - but documented here by a different note-taker - as well as from other lectures which have not, as far as I am aware, been published. If you are interested in Gurdjieff's teaching, It is important to own a copy of these book.

Robin Bloor June 13, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars A compilation of published and unpublished early talks.

Contains the enlarged and unedited Glimpses of Truth and other talks from Views of the Real World plus addition unpublished material. Highly recommended for anyone working on The Fourth Way.

Harry Gray May 25, 2014