By Karl Ove Knausgaard
Within the 16th century, Antinous Bellori, a boy of 11, is misplaced in a dismal woodland and stumbles upon sparkling beings, one wearing a spear, the opposite a flaming torch ... This occasion is decisive in Bellori's lifestyles, and he thereafter devotes himself to the pursuit and learn of angels, the intermediaries of the divine. starting within the backyard of Eden and hovering via to the current, A Time for every thing reimagines pivotal encounters among people and angels: the glow of the cherubim gazing over Eden; the profound love among Cain and Abel regardless of their ameliorations; Lot's disgrace in Sodom; Noah's isolation ahead of the flood; Ezekiel tied to his mattress, prophesying ferociously; the dying of Christ; and the emergence of sensual, mischievous cherubs within the 17th century. Alighting upon those dramatic scenes -- from the Bible and past -- Knausgaard's mind's eye takes flight: the result's a blinding reveal of storytelling at its majestic, spellbinding most sensible. Incorporating and hard culture, legend, and the Apocrypha, those penetrating glimpses probability chilling questions: can the character of the divine suffer swap, and will the immortal perish?
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