What have Michael Ende and Charles Darwin in common? An island with two hills within the deep blue sea? Not bad at all. Because Darwin had indeed a little black boy as his companion on his research journeys to the Galapagos islands. His name was Jeremy Button, in German Jim Button. In her article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung from 16 December 2008, Julia Voss shows fascinating parallels that make the scales fall from our eyes.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Michael Ende’s birthplace, celebrates the writer in 2009 with a great programme of events. After all, 2009 would not only be the 80th birthday of Michael Ende, also his masterpiece Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) is now 30 years old! Readings, exhibitions, theatre performances and a celebration on Ende’s birthday, on 12 November, tempt all to visit the holiday and spa resort at the foot of Mount Zugspitze.
Eagerly anticipated from September 2009 to January 2010 the exhibition “Michael Ende and Italy” will be shown in the Casa di Goethe in Rome. The exhibition is one of numerous events in the fields of book and theatre that have been planned in order to celebrate the double anniversary of 2009: Michael Ende would celebrate his 80th birthday this year, and, Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) will be 30!