English Description and Summary

Here is a short summary of the novel in 3 volumes.

Volume 1:

Isatai

Fate and Crime
Homsarecs (Homo Sapiens Erectus) are a different human race, who – though genetically compatible with other humans – show distinct differences: they are a bit taller, have a higher body temperature, very sharp (but not pointed) teeth; if physically hurt, they get into a different state of mind, some kind of extasy they call “Joy de Guerre” which makes them run and act faster, they never faint, they are extremely exposed to pain for this reason — “they don’t experience the mercy of losing consciousness”. They become a lot more dangerous when hurt. They don't know deep slumber, but just doze for a few hours to recreate themselves. They read each other's minds — lies are futile. They love, regardless the partner's gender. And they have a dark secret about their banquets and about mysteriously dissappeared victims of wars and accidents. Smoking poppy is their only way to calm down; other drugs are their doom.

 

Karatai mit Kriegsbemalung

On the other hand, they are sentimental and sensitive, easily ready to cry, and can be shocked deeply if put under mental stress. They die rather young, at 40-43 years, women around 50-55. They call it “their curse” and need to find out why this is so (help is under way).

The Homsarecs live in a constant battle against their square nationalistic, homophobic and hostile “normal” society, a "People's Republic" which came into power after the victory of a nationalist party in East Germany. Their society is mixed with a minority of “Cro-Magnon” (Cro), ordinary humans who have left their own society in order to join the Homsarecs. They have a few houses in which they live in communities rather than families. Homsarecs love Cros because they find them cute and harmless — and they appreciate their high age because they are the memory of this culture.
They elect a king by telepathy: The one who cares most about his people becomes king or queen. Nobody knows definitely who he/she is, because in the next moment, the power is transferred to someone else. It is a kind of collective consense, a "mental cloud" government.

 

Iván in the Line of Fire

Iván Potozki

Hero of Part One

The 18 year-old Cro Iván is led by curiosity against all warnings to take up contact because he was able to hear their music, stunning riffs in a desert of cultural bore of the normal society. He is invited to a meal with guests and meets a few Homsarecs like Isatai, his sister Rangus and young Ainu who likes to sit on the roof in the rain. Iván eats with them, gets a massage by Rangus, a little sex, and crushes out. After waking up, he wonders where they all are, and finds them watching a flagellation of a young woman, a sight which frightens him because he heard all those awful rumors.

He runs away and gets caught by the police and has to undergo questioning and a humiliating physical examination in which the police are trying to find out how far his contact has gone.

 

Maurice, Iván's Father

Coming home from school next day after some more bullying and questioning, he finds his father Maurice – who lost his job again, lives under political pressure, is in danger to be arrested again – in a conversation with one of the Homsarecs from last night. Surprise: He is a relative! Maurice decides to give Iván into the hands of Isatai because he can protect him better from the police and secret service than Maurice can. Now Iván is part of the Cultura as Isatai's "Pais" which means that Isatai is responsible for Iván and takes care of him, and Iván will have to obey Isatai.

 

A few days later, as the situation gets more tense, the Homsarecs kidnap a VIP teenager, the Prime Minister’s son Karl Josef, 16 , who is a perfectly adapted kid of the right wing system. The Homsarecs hope to reach a truce by keeping the boy in their hands, but fail because Isatai’s twin brother abuses the kid sexually. Karl loses his mind, he believes that he is someone else and Karl is dead.

 

Josefine

After a time of complete confusion, Karl Josef goes directly from traumatic mutism to higher wisdom by becoming Josefine who can even see the future. "The worst thing that could possibly happen to me did happen — so there was voidness and no difference between the past and the future" is how Josefine describes it later.

 

Knowing about such things makes Iván a target for prosecution from the Secret Service of the Republic — especially for Krasnov-Gurian, the most determined enemy of the Homsarecs.
In the coming conflict, Iván becomes a clue to solve the conflict and the miracle of early death, but he isn’t spared either. He gets kidnapped back and experiences jail. His father's attempts to protect him from the Secret Service are futile.

This is even more tragic for his Homsarec friends becaus Iván is a bearer of a prophecy. He becomes the Homsarecs’ hope for solving the miracle of their early death. They expect him to do miracles.
They are in a real dilemma, but the solution is surprising.

 

Volume 2:

Lelo/Isegrim

Kann es nicht fassen, daß er öffentlich bestraft werden soll

The Duke and His Slave
We are in the Homsarec Capitol Sukent. At dawn, Aunt Nox returns to her house where she finds a familiar burglar, her nephew named Lelo. After opening the villa for a party with his mates and smoking too much poppies, breaking 200 years old china, he is sleeping on the silk rug which now has a hole from the glowing content of the poppy pipe. Auntie Nox has him taken down to the police and flogged in public.

 

The Duke of Sukent

He appeals for mercy to the Duke of Sukent (a Homsarec of Scottish origin) and wins his heart. A love affair begins, the Duke takes him as his sub and calls him Isegrim. But the Duke’s hopes are crushed when Lelo climbs the palace façade, gets hit by one of the dreaded poisoned Black Arrows, shot by a female Guard, and Lelo drops into the canal from the wall of the Duke’s palace that he climbed up for unknown reasons…

The Homsarecs will have to fight for their capitol which is being stolen by clever business men bit by bit. International companies are getting hold on this lovely place, trying to force the Homsarecs into emigration. In the “Night of Reprend”, the weapons will have to speak at last: Bow and arrows, tomahawks – and a power blackout. The Duke, fighting naked as the Homsarecs always have, leads his people into the battle.

 

Volume Three:

Isegrim/Lelo

Isegrim's Diaries -- The Cannibals' Conversion
Lelo, together with Iván, is taken to wild East Europe on behalf of the Duke of Sukent who wants him to find the last cannibals. But instead of converting them, he gets taken by their liberating life style. His Master, the Duke of Sukent, turns up to take him back, but Perkele challenges the Duke to a duel of four, backed by his son Petja (here's more about him), to decide who will own this slave. Lelo, though, doesn't want to go back. He has no choice. Perkele, the loser of the fight, has to hand him out to his owner; more: Perkele and his men have to follow the Duke to Sukent and have their blood tested in order to help the research on the mystery of their early death and the 'condition' they get into before they die. Obviously, this has something to do with their cannibalism. New facts overturn most everything that the scientists believed to be reliable results. Yet, they are getting closer to the clue to the mystery of their short life.
The king/the queen demand them to give up this evil habit, but the cannibals say they can't. And they seem to have reasons.


 

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