Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende (12 November 1929 – 28 August 1995) was a German writer of fantasy and children's fiction. He is best known for his epic fantasy The Neverending Story; other famous works include Momo and Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver). His works have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 20 million copies, and adapted as motion pictures, stage plays, operas and audio books.Ende was one of the most popular and famous German authors of the 20th century, mostly due to the enormous success of his children's fiction. He was not strictly a children's writer, however, as he wrote books for adults too. Ende claimed, "It is for this child in me, and in all of us, that I tell my stories", and that "[my books are] for any child between 80 and 8 years" (qtd. Senick 95, 97). He often expressed frustration over being perceived as a children's writer exclusively, considering that his purpose was to speak of cultural problems and spiritual wisdom to people of all ages. He wrote in 1985:One may enter the literary parlor via just about any door, be it the prison door, the madhouse door, or the brothel door. There is but one door one may not enter it through, which is the nursery door. The critics will never forgive you such. The great Rudyard Kipling is one to have suffered this. I keep wondering to myself what this peculiar contempt towards anything related to childhood is all about.Ende's writing could be described as a surreal mixture of reality and fantasy. The reader is often invited to take a more interactive role in the story, and the worlds in his books often mirror our reality, using fantasy to bring light to the problems of an increasingly technological modern society. His writings were influenced by anthroposophy. Ende was also known as a proponent of economic reform, and claimed to have had the concept of aging money, or demurrage, in mind when writing Momo.
Ταξίδι στη Χώρα της Ονειροφαντασίας, θα μπορούσε να είναι ο τίτλος του βιβλίου αυτού. Παρακολουθούμε τον μικρό Μπάστιαν Μπάλταζαρ Μπουξ, μια μέρα που κρυμμένος στη σοφίτα του σχολείου του, διαβάζει ένα παράξενο βιβλίο αλλά και συμμετέχει στις περιπέτειες που ιστορούνται....
Conferencia pronunciada por M. Ende en el Congreso Internacional del IBBY celebrado en Tokio en 1986; Copia digital. Madrid: Subdirección General de Coordinación Bibliotecaria, 2011
Momo oder die seltsame Geschichte von den Zeit-Dieben und von dem Kind, das den Menschen die gestohlene Zeit zurückbrachte.; Märchenfiguren; OKart.-Einband mit Illustration (Momo); Schutzumschlag mit Illustration; Abb. im Textverlauf