Michael Ende 

German author Michael Ende was born on 12 November 1929 and died in 1995

He is a writer of fantasy and fiction for children, best known for his fantasy novel “Die Unendliche Geschichte” (1979) which was translated into English by Ralph Manheim as “The Neverending Story” (1983).

The book follows the adventures of a boy named Bastian who, while fleeing the umpteenth persecution of some bullies, bursts into an antiquarian book store, where he finds an mysterious book called “The Neverending Story”.

Unable to resist, he steals the book and takes it to his hiding place in the attic of his school, where he starts reading. He gets so absorbed into a magical fantasy world, that he literally enters it, and, as he is drawn deeper into it. he must find the courage to face appalling enemies and the mysteries of his own heart.

“The Neverending Story” was adapted into a movie in 1984, which narrated only the first half of Ende’s book: the author was so irritated that he sued the producers.
Despite the success of spectators and critics, Ende, horrified by the final product, called it a “gigantic melodrama of kitsch, commerce, plush and plastic”.

The theme song of the film was composed by Giorgio Moroder, with lyrics by Keith Forsey. and performed by Christopher “Limahl” Hamill, and Beth Anderson.
Giovanni Giorgio Moroder is an Italian composer, songwriter, and record producer, called the “Father of Disco” because he is considered the pioneer of euro disco and electronic dance music.

The song seems to reflect the tone of the story , with magical sounds and mysterious lyrics.
In keeping with the title, it has no distinctive beginning or ending . It fades into the first verse, and fades out during the coda, thus making it “never-ending”.

Turn around
Look at what you see
In her face
The mirror of your dreams

Make believe I’m everywhere
Given in the light
Written on the pages
Is the answer to a neverending story Ah

Reach the stars
Fly a fantasy
Dream a dream
And what you see will be

Rhymes that keep their secrets
Will unfold behind the clouds
And there upon a rainbow
Is the answer to a neverending story
Ah Story Ah

Show no fear
For she may fade away
In your hand
The birth of a new day

Rhymes that keep their secrets
Will unfold behind the clouds
And there upon a rainbow
Is the answer to a neverending story

L’autore tedesco Michael Ende è nato il 12 novembre 1929 ed è morto nel 1995

È uno scrittore di fantasy e narrativa per bambini, noto soprattutto per il suo romanzo fantastico “Die Unendliche Geschichte/ La storia infinita ” (1979) che è stato tradotto in italiano nel 1981

Il libro segue le avventure di un ragazzo di nome Bastiano che un giorno, fuggendo dall’ennesima persecuzione di alcuni bulli, irrompe in una libreria antiquaria, dove trova un libro misterioso intitolato “La storia infinita.”

Attratto da quel libro , lo ruba e lo porta nel suo nascondiglio nella soffitta della sua scuola, dove inizia a leggere. Viene così assorbito in un magico mondo fantastico che vi entra letteralmente dentro e, mentre viene ne viene sempre più assorbito, deve trovare il coraggio di affrontare nemici indicibili e i segreti del suo stesso cuore.

Da “La storia infinita” è stato tratto un film nel 1984, che però narrava solo la prima metà del libro di Ende, irritandone l’autore che citò in giudizio i produttori. Nonostante il successo di pubblico e critica, Ende , inorridito dal prodotto finale, lo definì un “gigantesco melodramma di kitsch, commercializzazione, pupazzi e plastica”.

La sigla del film fu composta da Giorgio Moroder, con testi di Keith Forsey, ed eseguita da Christopher “Limahl” Hamill, e Beth Anderson.
Giovanni Giorgio Moroder è un compositore, cantautore e produttore discografico italiano, considerato uno dei musicisti più innovativi e influenti nell’ambito della musica elettronica e della disco music.
La canzone sembra riflettere il tono della storia, con suoni magiche e testi a volte misteriosi-
In accordo con il titolo, la canzone non ha un inizio o una fine distintivi. Entra sfumando nella prima strofa e svanisce durante la coda, rendendola così “infinita”.

Girati
Guarda bene ciò che vedi
nel suo volto
Lo specchio dei tuoi sogni

Immagina che io sia ovunque
Nascosto tra le righe
scritto nelle pagine
è la risposta a una storia infinita

Raggiungi le stelle
Fa’ volare la fantasia
Sogna un sogno
e ciò che vedi si realizzerà

Poesie che mantengono i loro segreti
verranno svelate dietro alle nuvole
E là, al di sopra dell’arcobaleno
c’è la risposta a una storia infinita

Non mostrare paura
perché lei potrebbe svanire
Nelle tue mani
la nascita di un nuovo giorno

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78 thoughts on “Michael Ende 

  1. Luisa ! ‘The Neverending Story’ by Michael Ende appears to have no starting and no ending , that’s why the Neverending Story for children . In INDIA we have HITOPADESH having story after story mostly about animals but all giving sermons of different kinds for children . ‘The Neverending Story’ appears to be , to some extent , similar to that of HITOPADESH which can be read either from the beginning or from the end as it is a collection of many interesting stories as such . Michael Ende , the author of the book , a book of fantasy for children , created curiosity in the little child Bastian who stole the book to go through it in his hiding place . Such book creates sensation not only among the children but also in the adults . That’s why a movie was made on this book , though narrating only the first half of the book , which irritated the author . Thanks for sharing !

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  2. Wow. What a fabulous article on Michael Ende! This is very interesting. Loved it a lot. Thank you so much, dear Luisa for such a wonderful post. Happy weekend to you. ♥️♥️♥️😊😊😊😊

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  3. I’ve never read the book … maybe I should! But it was the first movie I was allowed to see in a movie theater. My dad went with me in our little town – the movie theater only consisted of one room – and it was very special. I can still picture it nearly 40 years later! Thanks for making me remember 😊

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  4. I’ve rarely seen a film outperform or match the book it is based on. … Probably “Jane Eyre” but that’s because I don’t like the book. I mean with all the books I like, I don’t like the movies.

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  5. I was fortunate to meet the German author Michael Ende and had the privilege to work with him. Sadly, “The Neverending Story” was never a big hit in the US, what has a lot to do with the translation into English as well. Just like “The Little Prince” the English translation of “The Neverending Story” is not to remarkable either. Michael Ende, who was married to a woman from Japan, had great success in Japan. “The Neverending story” is a must read -and should not be judged by the movie.

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  6. I am sure many writer/creators are unhappy with the way their creation is treated bringing it from prose to film. Ende certainly should have played more of a role in the production, but even then, it may not have been enough. Novels do not always translate well to the screen without some literary license. Thanks for sharing. Happy Saturday, Luisa. Allan

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    1. Yes, it often happens that an author is not satisfied with the film adaptation of his works.
      I am reminded of what happened to P L Travers with her Mary Poppins
      Thanks a lot for your words!
      Happy Sunday to you too, dear Allan

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  7. I remember liking the movie. Having never read the book, I can’t say if I would have shared the author’s disappointment, but I suspect not. The filmmaker is entitled to his own vision of the story. That’s the bargain made when he takes the project. Neither author nor reader should nurse any grievance for it. If anyone makes a movie out of one of my novels, I’ll be so flattered I might never get over it, regardless of outcome.

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  8. Oh my, dear. When I discovered this during my residence in Germany, it made me hope that Germans might do have some possibilities for the imagination. It is a fascinating story, not only for kids, I must admit. 🤗🙏💖😘

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      1. La storia infinita l’ho letta più volte e non mi sembra adatto ai bambini. Gulliver mi sembra diverso perché le scene non sono mai paurose. Per Pinocchio potrei essere d’accordo sulla lettura a più livelli anche perché ogni scena ha la sua morale.

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  9. La storia infinita per me è sempre stato un ponte che mi ricollegava immediatamente agli anni 80, ovvero ad anni FELICI.
    Evidentemente questo non era un pensiero soltanto mio, visto che è stata inserita anche in Stranger Things.
    Ho trovato tutto ciò molto bello perché ha dato la possibilità di scoprire La storia infinita anche ai più giovani.

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  10. I think my daughter and I watched the movie a hundred times. It’s a beautiful tale, Luisa. I had no idea that it depicted only half of the book. Of course, Ende was irritated. Now I want to read the book to see what happened. 🙂

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  11. I can see why Michael Ende would be irritated with the film. Filmmakers bend the rules as much as they can to suit their agenda, and even though I’m sure the author would have been handsomely paid, that doesn’t mean to say that he would be happy with the film producer’s adaptation.

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  12. My son loved this movie, we watched it many times! The luck dragon, the loss of the horse, the nothing… I had no idea the author was unhappy with it. It sounds like there is much more to the book. I will look for it in English translation.

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