Questions tagged [michael-ende]

Questions about the German writer of fantasy and children's fiction Michael Ende (1929 – 1995) and his works. Ende is best known for 'Die unendliche Geschichte' (1979, "The Neverending Story"), 'Momo' (1973) and 'Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer' (1960, "Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver").

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Is it possible that Bastian's journey to Fantastica was purely metaphysical?

The first half of The Neverending Story is about Bastian reading a fantasy story about Atreyu's adventures in Fantastica. The second half is about Bastian's own adventures in Fantastica, a world which ...
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What are all the stories left unfinished in The Neverending Story?

A recurring phrase in Michael Ende's The Neverending Story, often seen when some character or characters drop out of the story, is ".. but that's another story and shall be told another time"...
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Why are letters hostile to the Childlike Empress?

When the Childlike Empress reaches the home of the Old Man of Wandering Mountain, she has to climb a ladder made out of letters, his message to her. Her wide white gown was in tatters, for it had ...
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Why do the names of the first two characters introduced in "The Neverending Story" start with B and C?

I only recently started the book, so I'm hoping that I'm not missing something that's made clear in the book later, but the first character introduced in the book is named Bastian Balthazar Bux (whose ...
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What is the significance of the name Bastian Balthazar Bux?

Apart from being triply alliterative (BBB), what is the significance of the name Bastian Balathazar Bux (or Bastian Balthasar Bux in the German original), the protagonist of The Neverending Story? ...
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