Das Gefängnis der Freiheit (The Prison of Freedom)

Geschichten von Wundern und Zeichen
(Stories of Wonders and Signs)

The short hallway of an imposing Roman Palazzo with an end that can never be reached; a grand villa with a wide, inviting gate that permits no visitor ever to enter the building; the turbulent story of someone who set off to learn amazement … Michael Ende tells us eight astonishing stories full of adventures and fantasy – magnificent, tender, sad and cruel. Once again, he shows the entire spectre of his magnificent imagination, which up to this very day casts a spell over his readers all over the world.

The anthology contains the following stories:
Destination of a Long Journey; The Hallway of Borromeo Colmi; The House at the Periphery; Admittedly Rather Tiny; The Catacombs of Misrain; From the Records of Max Muto, the Dream World Traveller; The Prison of Freedom; The Legend of the Signpost.



  • First publication: Weitbrecht 1992
  • Translations:
    Chinese, Czech, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, Turkish
  • Current German edition:
    Paperback, 220 pages, hockebooks 2019

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Audio Book

  • Das Gefängnis der Freiheit
    Unabridged reading by Gert Heidenreich
    Hörbuch Hamburg 2020