Michael Ende 1930?–

German novelist, author of children's books, and poet.

Ende's international bestseller Unendliche geschichte (1979; The Neverending Story) is a fantasy novel which appeals to adults as well as the traditional younger audience. This popular book is also the basis for a film of the same title. The Neverending Story is a "book within a book," with red and green ink used to differentiate between a book that the protagonist is reading and the fantasy in which he eventually finds himself involved. According to its publisher, The Neverending Story has become a symbol for the antinuclear movement in West Germany. Ende emigrated from that country more than twenty years ago and now lives in Italy.