Michael Ende is not only the narrator of marvellous fairytales and fantastic stories. His “file-card box” is an informative reader from the workshop of a writer who is at home in the real world of people as well as in the imaginary world. The book contains so far unpublished material, stories and poems, ballads and songs full of poetry and fantasy. Surprising observations and aphorisms show us some new perspectives to view the world with.
The anthology contains the following stories and fragments:
In the Mine of Pictures; A Perfectly Normal Ghost Story, Moany Parker and Nosy-Kissy; Forty-four Questions to the Kind Reader; The Death and the Mirror; Language of Trees; Song of Praise for a Non-Inventor; Also a Reason; Anrula; The Quest; The Clock of Wishes; Parallel Stories; Thoughts of a Central European Native; A Tea Party; Never Again; Tortoises; The Invitation, Dream of Spherical Music; The A and the O; The Pagat; Simple; Searching for the Mystery; The Wise Fool; The Old Minder; Guide for Genius Aspirants; Modesty; Smouldering Conversation; The Image of Evil; Michael and Adam; The Consequence; Divertimento in PP, A Memorial for Nonsense; Stupid Questions?; Answers Worth to Think about; Reincarnation; Time; New Age; The Sea Serpent; How to Get Rid of Riddles by Explanation; Experimental Culture; Creativity; Waiting Room; Last Class; Too Stupid to Die; The True Name; The Craft of Theatre; Yes or No; A Misunderstanding; My Father; Gnomes Reading Papers; Organic and mechanic; Stan’s Night Song; About the Benefit of Human Weaknesses; Family Idyll; Continuity of the I; Education to Develop a Critical Conscience?; Fig leaves; Arabic Numbers? What Are Fairytales about? Conversation about Death; A Stage Set; The Puppeteer’s Dream; No-Theatre; Warning to all Sorcerers’ Apprentices; Those Spirits, which I Called …; The Third World War; Letter to a Shocked Reader; In the Cellar; The Newborn; About the Everlasting Childlike; A Kingdom; Stylistic Antics; Fantasy and Anarchy; “Fear not”; Output of Words; About the Poet’s Message in a Bottle; A Telegraph to Sirius; Theatre Critic; Forced Thinking; Just a Coincidence?; Optimal; The Quacking Machine; Martyr of Senselessness; Realism as a Convention; The Mental Middlemen; A Hieroglyph of Destiny; Swabian Love for Order; Why at All? U and E; And again: What is Art?; Grandmother Sits in the Chinese Garden and Cries; What Remains; Armida; Metamorphoses; Meal Time; “Take up your Cross”; The Children’s Murder; Conversation in the Depth; The Ideal; The Kukan Revolution; Changing the World; Typically German; The Doctrine of Professor Doctor Doctor Dr. Dr. Satanson; Money and Growth; Descartes, Dreamed Lines; The Poet and the Criticism; The New Stuffiness; The Entertainer; The Pilgrim; When Children Ask Questions; Fabula docet, Addicted to Strangeness; Letter to an Explainer of the World.