sleeping-car. Among them Ivan Osokin, a young man about twenty six. Osokin is visibly agitated although he tries not to show it. Zinaida is talking to her brother. Strange Life of Ivan Osokin. Commentary by John Pentland. Although so deeply committed to writing that he often said, not altogether jokingly, that it was. But this evening, typing up my thoughts on P.D. Ouspensky’s Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (I’m not sure why there’s no definite article, but no.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To ask other readers questions about Strange Life of Ivan Osokinplease sign up. Or how often have we done the wrong thing ossokin realized it osoiin a moment too late to do anything about it, beating ourselves up all the more because our error osolin so obvious, so avoidable in hindsight?

Not the most promising proposal. A fresh translation might also help restore an element of the novel which is relatively minimized in the edition I read — its cinematic nature. And she warns she won’t wait for him more than a couple of months.

I don’t know if we have free will, I wonder about it, and there are many philosophers and scientists on both sides of the arguments, so I’m not alone.

The wizard warns it would all be just the same.

Set in Moscow and Paris, Ouspensky’s only full-length novel explores the theme of “eternal recurrence”, a theory of time developed in Ouspensky’s classic book A New Model of the Universe. Refresh and try again. The conclusion fully anticipates the Fourth Way Philosophy which typified Ouspensky’s later works [ citation needed ]. Or maybe the profoundly cyclical nature of early film loops to say nothing of zoetropes and praxinoscopes spoke to him.

A good read leaving me with some interesting ideas to ponder. The title derives the experience of Ivan Osokin living and then reliving his life again in exactly the same way but with prior knowledge of his past mistakes the second time.


Certainly does make the reader think about the monotony osokun life, and how we really don’t have a choice, but it’s not something I’d live my life by. Contemporary writing with timeless truths, although the mysticism isn’t too well incorporated into the novella form.


A rather neat find; the title page to a Russian edition of lvan novel under its original title. Aug 18, Emily rated it really liked it. Before long, Osokin is observing “It seems to me that everything repeats itself, not once or twice but scores of times, like the ‘Blue Danube’ on a barrel organ.

Stunningly executed, and no, Groundhog Day does not equate. Jul 29, rodolfo avelar rated it liked it. Cool tone, very enjoyable and very fast read. Dec 06, Scot rated it really liked it Shelves: Behind the vague and not really exceptional story of Osokin, who has to endure hardship and then experiences several romances, which are generally unimportant for the plot, there is a second level of the book, attempting to be highly philosophical or even worse mystical.

Eh, not altogether bad. It would also make this novel more accessible; I spent many years trying to track it down before finding it for a dollar at a clearance sale.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I think this is the most awful thing of all. The novel serves as a narrative platform for Nietzsche ‘s theory of eternal recurrence [ citation needed ].

But he discovers that because human choices tend to be mechanical, changing the outcome of one’s actions is extremely difficult. After three months, she stops writing back, and through a chance encounter with her brother, he learns she is going to marry another man. Does this oslkin true to you? To prove this principle, the book should have gone forever in cycles, lvan time Osokin would come, he would be returned and it would go all over again, there should be no end to it.

This section is empty. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Ivan Osokin bids the woman he loves, Zinaida Krutitsky, farewell; she is leaving on a trip to the Crimea and he is not coming, professing his own poverty and in spite of her own frustrations.

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You have the freedom of information, you have the brain, why don’t you have everything that you supposedly want? Osokin, now about 14, has all the memories of his past-future, but almost immediately begins to make the same choices over and over again. Paperbackpages.

I would have awarded it five stars without hesitation except that the translation reads more like a screenplay than a novel. Kitabin kapagibdaki natulius ve arkasindaki ozet cok dikkatimi cekti. The Russian mystic author, Iavn, in fact apparently believed in free will, but he also knew how extremely difficult it is to enact it.

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Wrestling with osokkin decision not to go, he writes her every day, but receives only sporadic responses. Life is not particularly pleasant for anyone But why, has anything especially disagreeable happened to you? I guess that the key to redemption is supposed to be the proposed sacrifice of his free will, but it is not explained well enough why only this one magician has the power to decide what sacrifice can bring what goals.

Still, a good read.

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Worth a read for anyone familiar wit A mind-stretching story of recurrence – the concept that we continue to repeat the same life over and over again, not quite reincarnation, actually repeating the same life.

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Jul 30, Carl rated it really liked it. Bu gorevi layiki ile yerine getiremiyorlar,cunku kendilerini degersiz erkeklerle mutlu ediyorlar.

What Richard Bach could never achieve. Most of his choices are negations, the lack of action, osomin worse than that is he lives his life over and over, between the ages of 14 and 26, without the possibility of changing any outcome.