(From the publisher):
Resetting into the twentieth century an historical battle in ancient Germany for dynastic control, The Merowingians follows the last of the Merowingian line, Childerich III, as the diminutive, raging nobleman obsessively seeks "continuation of family totalization, centralization and omnipotence" through a complex series of quasi-incestuous marriages and intrigues. Childerich's violent behavior and machinations, inducing both horror and sympathy, take place in a world beset with treachery, lunacy, turmoil, and the grotesque - all depicted by von Doderer in a grandly elegant prose that ranges from the somber to the utterly farcical.
Original title: Die Merowinger oder Die totale Familie
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor→ Satire