• Die unbekannte Seite Michael Endes. Zur Symbolik in der Geschichtensammlung 'Der Spiegel im Spiegel. Ein Labyrinth'

    Author(s):
    Helga Müllneritsch (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    German Literature and Culture
    Subject(s):
    20th century, Contemporary fiction, Fiction, Germanic culture, Germanic literature
    Item Type:
    Book
    Tag(s):
    Fantasy
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6WC2R
    Abstract:
    Michael Endes collection of narratives 'Der Spiegel im Spiegel. Ein Labyrinth' can be classified within the tradition of fantastic literature and shows a significant reference fantastic painting especially to the works of his father, Edgar Ende. Inspired by his fathers paintings, Michael Ende created a collection of narratives consisting of thirty texts, in which every narrative itself has a relatively comprehensive plot and at the same time always is - through certain elements - appearing in diverse contexts connected with the other texts. The locations of the plot are frequently characterized by a surreal decor, however, through modern elements like machine guns, refer to the everyday world of 20th century recipients. A recurring theme is the question of the protagonists identity, which on the one hand, through invasions of their formerly controlled environment, are forced to think about the stability of the reality surrounding them and on the other hand, to deal with their own Selves and how they are endangered by their owners not paying enough attention to them and through the neglect of others. One of the main characteristics of the always-popular fantastic literature - which although literary criticism, however, has difficulties to adequately define - lies in the subversive play with the seemingly fixed reality of its protagonists.
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