Molar and His Children is the first volume of Trutz Hardo's spiritual-historical
The book opens with the "Author" |who should be viewed as a spirit |calling upon the "Reader" to join him in his spacelessness and timelessness and offering him the co-authorship of the book to be written about the poet Molar and his family.
Author and Reader are able to join any time period they wish, and once they are there, they are able to read the thoughts of people and also inspire them. They thus take a close look at the life of the lyric poet Molar |1907-1964 |, a man hailing from Thuringia who really existed and wrote poetry under this pseudonym. The Molar novel undertakes to tell the full story of the poet's "epic year"
| 1949 |, recreating his life and times with poetic licence.
the time, the novel's hero and his family lived in in a shack provided for refugees in the town of Meersburg situated on Lake Constance. Molar spends his time traveling all over West Germany, trying
in restaurants and trains to bring his poetry to people's attention. While Molar forms the central figure of the story, the fate of several other characters is also narrated, with the book covering
both their present | 1949 | and their past.
The past, without exception, has left its mark on these Meersburg refugees, and uncovering it - which also throws light on the present actions of the person concerned - also retraces the history of the Third Reich, World War II and the postwar period. Thus an extended saga of a family and of people "in the same boat" develops into an insight into the history of the German people.