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Karl Ove Knausgård: A Time for Everything

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A Time for Everything
Karl Ove Knausgård
Archipelago Books
ISBN 978-0-9800330-8-3
November 2009
$20.00 in Canada

Published in the United Kingdom as A Time To Every Purpose Under Heaven

9780980033083

From the North American edition:

In the sixteenth century, Antinous Bellori, a boy of eleven, is lost in a dark forest and stumbles upon two glowing beings, one carrying a spear, the other a flaming torch . . . This event is decisive in Bellori’s life, and he thereafter devotes himself to the study of angels. Beginning in the Garden of Eden and soaring through to the present, A Time for Everything reimagines key encounters between humans and angels, the intermediaries of the divine: the glow of the Cherubim watching over Eden and their eventual disappearance; the profound love between Cain and Abel despite their differences; Lot’s shame in Sodom; Noah’s isolation before the flood; Ezekiel tied to his bed, prophesying ferociously; and the death of Christ. Alighting upon these dramatic scenes – from the Bible and beyond – Knausgaard’s imagination takes flight: the result is a dazzling display of story-telling at its majestic, spellbinding best. These psychologically acute glimpses hazard a chilling question: can the nature of the divine undergo change?

From the British edition:

It’s the 1560s and Antinous Bellori, a boy of 11, is exploring the woods above his home in the north Italian mountains when night falls. Suddenly fearful, the boy wanders blindly through the trees, sensing danger at every turn, until he comes, unseen, upon a clearing in which there stand two glowing beings, one carrying a spear, the other a flaming torch: angels…

This event is decisive in Bellori’s life, just as encounters with angels have been for others throughout history. Beginning in the Garden of Eden and soaring right through to the present day, we revisit key moments when men have come face to face with these intermediaries of the divine: Cain and Abel cultivating their differences murderously; Lot’s shame in Sodom; Noah’s isolation before the Flood; Ezekiel tied to his bed, prophesying fiercely; and the death of Christ. Alighting upon these dramatic scenes – from the Bible and beyond – Knausgaard’s imagination takes flight: the result is a dazzling display of storytelling at its majestic, spellbinding best.

Written by Thomas

2009-09-14 at 17:40

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