A Time for Everything

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Published: 7 May 2015
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 528 pages
ISBN: 9781846275913


What if God exists? What if angels are real? What if we treated religious tracts, including the Bible, as empirical evidence of the supernatural world?

Karl Ove Knausgaard's major novel, A Time For Everything, is about God and his angels. It posits that angels are real, and that God exists. It posits, further, that heavenly beings evolve, and that even God may be subject to change. Written with Knausgaard's characteristic style - level, patient, and intensely readable - it is a dazzling and innovative examination of the relationships between human, angels and God.

Knausgaard's novel A Time For Everything was originally published by Portobello as A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven. The book is now restored to its original structure in a new edition which is faithful to the original text

About the author

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Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968 and made his debut with Out of This World. This, his second novel, won the P2 Listener's Novel Prize and Sorlandets Literature Prize and was nominated for the Nordic Council Prize. Translation rights have sold widely in Europe. More about the author


‘A dazzling storytelling cornucopia’



‘A fascinating new angelology that... allows him to retell the Bible story, from the Land of Nod to the death of Christ, in a striking new way’ Brian Morton

‘A vast, intriguing novel... The power it carries is perplexing... Brave and at times bizarrely beautiful’ Niall Griffiths

‘A work of impressive ambition... Knausgaard is a gripping storyteller. His eye for detail is precise and judicious, and his orchestration of interconnected themes adept’ Tess Lewis

‘Complex, haunting and bizarrely beautiful’

‘Gripping. Knausgaard is at his best with finely observed natural description; he is also skilful with atmosphere ... It may well become a cult novel’ Salley Vickers

‘Knausgaard writes world-class literature... You simply have to read this’

‘Knausgaard's distinctive qualities as a writer are already abundantly evident in this novel. At just under five hundred pages, it is a strange, uneven, and 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’

‘Masterful, breathtaking’ Christos Tsolkias

‘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’ Tina Jackson

‘This theological fantasy is a heavenly delight. We see life among those early people from Genesis: tilling the soil, building houses and preparing sacrifices to God, always aware of the glow of the Cherubim guarding Eden, over the mountains. But wait: they have stoves, and button-fly trousers, and guns. Not just strange, this is a quite extraordinary novel, and completely original’

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