A Time for Everything

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“The writing glows with an intense awareness of the here and now, and loving observations of landscapes and objects...this is an extraordinary novel, and completely original.”—The Independent

“The most original and promising Norwegian writer of his generation.” —Adresseavisen

“Knausgaard joins the ranks of the greatest storytellers of our time.”—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Antinous Bellori, a boy of eleven,...

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Overview

“The writing glows with an intense awareness of the here and now, and loving observations of landscapes and objects...this is an extraordinary novel, and completely original.”—The Independent

“The most original and promising Norwegian writer of his generation.” —Adresseavisen

“Knausgaard joins the ranks of the greatest storytellers of our time.”—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Antinous Bellori, a boy of eleven, loses his way in the woods in the mountains behind his home. Unseen, he stumbles upon two glowing beings, an event that leads him to devote the rest of his life to the study of angels. Bellori reinterprets moments throughout the Bible where men confront angels: the expulsion from the garden, Cain and Abel, Lot in Sodom, Noah’s isolation before the flood, Ezekiel’s visions. . . . Through his profound glimpses, Karl Knausgaard—an extraordinary storyteller and thinker—explores with spellbinding insight how the nature and roles of these intermediaries between man and the divine have shifted throughout history.

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The writing glows with an intense awareness of the here and now, and loving observations of landscapes and objects . . . this is an extraordinary novel, and completely original. —The Independent

Knausgaard joins the ranks of the greatest storytellers of our time. His glittering prose is purposeful, precise, and poetic. . . . There can be no doubt about his extraordinary talent: only the work of a master can be thought-provoking on so many levels yet retain a lightness of touch. —Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The breadth of the history of ideas in Knausgaard’s second novel has a span like the wings of an archangel and brings together Old Testament psychology with modern deconstruction . . . Knausgaard’s insight into Cain’s love and his battle against ignominy are described in masterly psychological prose. —Politiken

There is little doubt that Knausgaard had written himself into literary history. —Dagens Naeringsliv

…this strange and serious novel of ideas is an admirably imaginative contemporary reinterpretation of characters whose odd, splendid appearances in Christian mythology are made all the more mysterious for being matter-of-fact and never fully explained. —Metro UK

A marvelous book. . . . Knausgaard's most evident strength as a writer is his gift for minute description, especially of nature, but also of the human psyche. . . . The descriptions of forests, floods, streams, fields, and Henrik Vankel's secluded island are ravishing and . . . create the feeling that we are being transported, again and again, into some primordial world. —Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books

It may well become a cult novel. —The Guardian

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"A marvelous book.... Knausgaard's most evident strength as a writer is his gift for minute description, especially of nature, but also of the human psyche.... The descriptions of forests, floods, streams, fields, and Henrik Vankel's secluded island are ravishing and... create the feeling that we are being transported, again and again, into some primordial world."
Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books

"This demanding narrative on the nature of angels may become a cult book … Knausgaard is at his best with finely observed natural description; he is also skillful with atmosphere."
The Guardian, UK

"…this strange and serious novel of ideas is an admirably imaginative contemporary reinterpretation of characters whose odd, splendid appearances in Christian mythology are made all the more mysterious for being matter-of-fact and never fully explained."
Metro, UK

"Knausgaard joins the ranks of the greatest storytellers of our time. His glittering prose is purposeful, precise, and poetic. … There can be no doubt about his extraordinary talent: only the work of a master can be thought provoking on so many levels yet retain a lightness of touch."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

"The writing glows with an intense awareness of the here and now, and loving observations of landscapes and objects . . . this is an extraordinary novel, and completely original."
The Independent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980033083
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Pages: 499
  • Sales rank: 267,974
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Karl Knausgaard, born in Norway in 1968. "A Time for Everything," his second novel, was nominated for the Nordic Council Prize and is his first to be translated into English. In 2006, "Dagbladet" (a major Norwegian newspaper) named "A Time for Everything" one of the best 25 books of the last 25 years.
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