Description: (1915 (Russian); 1947 (English)) by P. D. Ouspensky. Unsuccessful struggle of Ivan Osokin to correct his mistakes when given a chance to relive his past. It follows the unsuccessful struggle of Ivan Osokin to correct his mistakes when given a chance to relive his past. The novel serves as a narrative platform for Nietzsche's theory of eternal recurrence. The conclusion fully anticipates the Fourth Way Philosophy which typified Ouspensky's later works. In particular the final chapter's description of the shocking realization of the mechanical nature of existence, its consequences, and the possibility/responsibility of working in an esoteric school.