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By Karl Ove Knausgaard

Within the 16th century, Antinous Bellori, a boy of 11, is misplaced in a dismal woodland and stumbles upon gleaming 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 research of angels, the intermediaries of the divine. starting within the backyard of Eden and hovering via to the current, A Time for every little thing reimagines pivotal encounters among people and angels: the glow of the cherubim looking at over Eden; the profound love among Cain and Abel regardless of their ameliorations; Lot’s disgrace in Sodom; Noah’s isolation prior to the flood; Ezekiel tied to his mattress, prophesying ferociously; the loss of life 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 stunning demonstrate of storytelling at its majestic, spellbinding top. Incorporating and demanding culture, legend, and the Apocrypha, those penetrating glimpses chance chilling questions: can the character of the divine suffer switch, and will the immortal perish?

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Quick as lightning he ducks and presses his face to the ground. Did they see him? Or was it just a noise that made them look up? He shuts his eyes and tries to make out if they’re on their way up toward him. If he hears so much as a twig snap, he’ll take to his heels and run away from them as fast as he can. But the silence is unbroken, and a few seconds later, when he’s convinced himself that they couldn’t have seen anything, blinded by their own light as they must have been, he again lifts his head above the lip.

In certain places angels had become such a common sight that even the aura of revelation, the icy fear and ecstatic joy the sight of them had always generated, was gradually diminished. Fathers pointed them out to their children, farmers took them for good auguries, country priests were flattered when they manifested themselves in their churches. It was as if they’d always been there. Even the glow of their fires on the mountainsides outside the towns at night, which at first had caused people such disquiet, particularly as they’d been told that large flocks of angels sat on the ground all night long completely immobile, just staring into the flames, as if they were hypnotized or the living dead, had gradually come to mean the opposite; over the generations a belief had grown up that the angels were just watching over their town.

The first one bites into the fish and pulls off a piece with a jerk. Then it takes the torch for the other, which grips the fish in both hands and bends its head slowly forward. It is as if the effort increases the shaking, and the first one places a supporting hand on its arm. And so, standing close together, the light flickering across their faces and the bottom of their cloaks trailing in the water, they stand eating the fish. Antinous stares at them, spellbound. The teeth that sink into the fish’s flesh, the scales that cling to their chins, the eyeballs that now and then turn up and make them look white and blind.

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