The Neverending Story

A mysterious book fascinates young Bastian: The Neverending Story. Full of enthusiasm, he takes part in the adventures of its hero Atreyu and in his dangerous mission: He is supposed to save the dreamland Fantastica and its sovereign the Childlike Empress. Soon, however, Bastian must realise that he is more than an uninvolved spectator. And then he finds himself suddenly in Fantastica …
The adventure of his life starts: “Do what you want” is written on the medallion that symbolises limitless power in Fantastica. But what the sentence means Bastian will learn only when it is almost too late. Because his real mission is not to rule Fantastica but to find his way out of it. But how do you leave a realm that has no borders?
With his immortal masterpiece Michael Ende has conquered the hearts of young readers – and those young at heart – all over the world. A fairytale novel for children and adults which up to this day has lost none of its fascination or unrivalled success.


  • First publication: Thienemann Verlag 1979
  • Original Title: Die unendliche Geschichte
  • Translations:
    Albanian, American English, Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovanian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
  • Current English edition:
    The Neverending Story
    Hardcover, 400 pages, Dutton Books for Young Readers 1997
    ISBN: 9780525457589

Press Reviews

"An instantaneous leap into the magical … Energetic, innovative, and perceptive"
The Washington Post
"A rich, enjoyable read … drawing in the most potent elements of fairytale, myth, and invented fantasy."
The Observer
"You might just get in touch with the child in you who clapped her hands for Tinker Bell."
"A trumpet blast for the imagination."
Sunday Times
"An appealing, delicately wrought, engrossing adventure."
Kirkus Reviews

Other Editions

  • Latest German edition:
    Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story)
    Cloth bound, 475 pages, Thienemann Verlag 2019
  • Other available English editions:
    • Paperback: 384 pages, Penguin 1984
      (ISBN: 9780140074314)
    • Mass market paperback: 448 pages, Penguin 1993
      (ISBN: 9780140386332)
    • Paperback: 528 pages, Puffin 2014
      (ISBN: 9780141354972)
    • E-Book: Puffin
      (ISBN: 9780525556046)



Audio Book

  • Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story)
    Read by Gert Heidenreich
    Silberfisch 2013


Radio Play

  • Die unendliche Geschichte – Das Hörspiel zum Buch
    (The Neverending Story – The Radio Play after the Book)

    Produced by WDR, Silberfisch 2014


  • Die unendliche Geschichte I (The Neverending Story I)
    Neue Constantin, Munich 1984, Director: Wolfgang Petersen, music by Klaus Doldinger.
  • Die unendliche Geschichte II (The Neverending Story II)
    Cinevox, Munich 1990, Director: George Miller.
  • Die unendliche Geschichte III (The Neverending Story III)
    Cinevox, Munich 1995, Director: Peter McDonald.
  • DVD:
    Die unendliche Geschichte I (The Neverending Story I)
    Universum Film 2002, 1 DVD, also available as VHS. Also available as special edition from Universum Film/Constantin Video 2003, 2 DVDs.