The Mirror in the Mirror

A Labyrinth

Two readers may read the same book, but they will still never read the same. Each of them will add themselves to the book. Therefore, a book is a mirror, mirroring the reader. But in the same way the reader is a mirror for the book. So what does a mirror show us when it is mirroring a mirror? Michael Ende’s literary cabinet of mirrors takes us into a maze of thoughts and images. Harmless and funny, surreal and scary stories surround us, just like the distorted and the natural pictures in a mirror’s cabinet. Only those who can muster the courage to face the surreal, will Michael Ende release out of his magic maze back into the open.

The anthology contains the following essays and stories:
Forgive me, I Cannot Speak any Louder; Under Expert Instructions, the Son Had …; The Garret is Sky Blue; The Station’s Cathedral was Built on a Large Clod of Earth; Heavy Black Cloth; The Lady Pushed aside the Curtain of her Carriage Window; The Witness States that he Had been on a Meadow by Night; In the Courtroom, Among the Spectators Sat the Marble Pale Angel; Dark as a Moor is the Mother’s Face; Slow As a Planet turns, the Great Round Table is Turning; The Inside of a Face with Closed Eyes, Nothing Else; The Bridge that We Built since many Centuries; It is a Room and also a Desert; The Wedding Guests were Dancing Flames; An Ice Skater was Gliding across the Wide, Grey Surface of the Sky; This Army Contains only Letters; In Principle, this was about Sheep; Man and Wife Want to Visit an Exhibition; The Young Doctor Got Permission …; After the Office Hours; The Brothel Palace on Top of the Hill was Illuminated in this Night; The World Traveller Decided on his Journey, This Evening the Old Sailor Couldn’t Bear the Constant Wind any Longer; Beneath a Black Sky lies an Inhabitable Country; Hand in Hand, Two Walk down a Street; In the Classroom it Rains Constantly; In the Actors’ Hallway we Met a Few Hundred People Waiting; Fire Was Opened Once More; A Circus is Burning; A Winter’s Evening.

Original Edition

  • Original title: Der Spiegel im Spiegel. Ein Labyrinth
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 336
  • Illustrations: Black-and-white reproductions of Works by Edgar Ende
  • Year of publication: 1984
  • Publisher: Weitbrecht
  • Translations:
    Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swedish

In English:

  • Mirror in the Mirror
    Hardcover, 240 pages, Viking 1986.

Current Editions

In English:

  • The Mirror in the Mirror. A Labyrinth
    Paperback, 384 pages, hockebooks 2021.
  • The Mirror in the Mirror. A Labyrinth
    E-Book, hockebooks 2022.

In German:

  • Der Spiegel im Spiegel. Ein Labyrinth
    Überarbeitete Neuausgabe, Paperback, 212 pages, hockebooks 2019.
  • Der Spiegel im Spiegel. Ein Labyrinth
    E-Book, hockebooks 2014.