Notes on the 1992 Revision of The Tales

The Revision of The Tales

[An Excerpt from To Fathom The Gist, Vol 2 – The Arch Absurd]


Gurdjieff’s neologisms were, as far as we know, initially written down in Russian—not modern Russian which Gurdjieff never wrote, but pre- revolutionary Russian, with its larger alphabet. Many of the neologisms would be pronounced the same whether the spelling used in The Revision were taken or the spelling used in Gurdjieff’s original. Aside from the confusion engendered by choosing alternative spellings, there is no evidence of The Revision causing any damage in this area.