By Karl Ove Knausgaard
Within the 16th century, Antinous Bellori, a boy of 11, is misplaced in a depressing wooded area and stumbles upon sparkling beings, one sporting a spear, the opposite a flaming torch … This occasion is decisive in Bellori’s lifestyles, and he thereafter devotes himself to the pursuit and examine 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 observing over Eden; the profound love among Cain and Abel regardless of their ameliorations; Lot’s disgrace in Sodom; Noah’s isolation sooner than the flood; Ezekiel tied to his mattress, prophesying ferociously; the demise 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 show of storytelling at its majestic, spellbinding most sensible. Incorporating and difficult culture, legend, and the Apocrypha, those penetrating glimpses danger chilling questions: can the character of the divine suffer swap, and will the immortal perish?
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IN 1584 a work called On the Nature of Angels was printed in Venice. The author was anonymous, but there is no longer any doubt that it was Antinous Bellori, who some twenty-two years previously had had that hilltop encounter with two angels. We know that from 1565 to 1572 he did his basic studies at the university in Naples and that subsequently he began medical studies, which were to take him to Montpellier, where he studied anatomy, Padua, where he studied surgery, and Bologna, where as well as studying pharmacology and natural history he also received his doctorate, but the great familiarity with scripture and the whole of the theological canon that characterizes his work bears witness to the fact that in all these years he must have immersed himself in questions concerning the existence of angels.
There is the ridge! The fact that he can’t see the path he descended earlier in the day doesn’t concern him in the least, because the ridge’s side isn’t steep and is easy to force, even in the dark. And on the other side will be the plain. Once he gets there, he’ll be able to find his way to town as easily as anything. But when, a quarter of an hour later, he halts at the summit, it’s only to discover that instead of sloping down into the plain as he’d imagined, it plunges straight into a ravine, from which another mountainside rises.
That’s all. But the angels must have been sitting there a good while, at least as long as it takes to bake bread, and their presence must have made Lot nervous, as he was the only person who knew their mission. I picture him standing there in front of his oven, darting frequent glances at the two angels seated silently at his table, his desperation growing with each new noise outside in the street, for he knows what they are capable of, these citizens who have learned of the presence of strangers and who have now begun to gather in the darkness outside.
A Time for Everything by Karl Ove Knausgaard