„What is mirrored in a mirror mirroring a mirror?“ This fundamental question from Zen meditation is what Michael Ende’s surreal poetry collection "Der Spiegel im Spiegel" (The Mirror in the Mirror) is based on. And indeed – when the Zen speaks of the “wayless way” or the “gateless gate”, the “Mirror in the Mirror” has to offer incredible stories full of illustrious, mythical characters that tell us of their very own cosmos of beauty, but also of the futility of life and its efforts.
As visual models, Michael Ende uses the surreal paintings of his father Edgar Ende, which had a vital influence on Michael Ende’s complete work.
„Der Spiegel im Spiegel“ (The Mirror in the Mirror) is now available as a radio play from steinbach sprechende bücher, aptly adapted by the Künstlergruppe Mediabühne (www.mediabuehne.de).
The Düsseldorfer Marionetten-Theater (Marionettes/Puppet Theatre of Düsseldorf) has chosen the literary work of Michael Ende as their main focus. They have already adapted numerous of his works for the puppet theatre. Part of the theatre’s repertoire are among others: „Norbert Nackendick (Norbert Fatnoggin)“, „Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch (The Night of Wishes)“, „Das Gauklermärchen (The Entertainer's Tale)“, „Momo“and the two newest productions „Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)“ and „Jim Knopf und die Wilde 13 (Jim Button and the Wild 13)“.
Last year, Michael Ende’s children’s book hero „Jim Button“ had a special birthday – the novel „Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver“ was first published exactly 50 years ago.