The Prison of Freedom

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 edition:
    Paperback, 220 pages, hockebooks 2019

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Other Editions

  • E-Book:
    Das Gefängnis der Freiheit
    hockebooks 2014

Audio Book

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