En réponse à Carsten Becker :

>AFAIK, in _Die Unendliche Geschichte_ (_The Neverending Story_ (or so))
>by Michael Ende, Bastian (or was it Atréju?) one day comes to a house in
>the shape of an onion which is inhabited by an old lady, Aieoula (or
>similar). That's what the name remembered *me* of. I think I should read
>that book another time ... It's been a while since I read it.

I don't remember that part. But it's been years since I read "L'histoire 
sans fin" (in French :) ). It's indeed "The Neverending Story" in English. 
The first movie adapted from it was extraordinarily good (I have it :) ) 
and is still my favourite movie (for reasons not really based on its 
merits, but on a special, nearly mystical link I have with the story, which 
is a bit too off-topic to talk about here :) ), the second was nice, but 
not special (its saving point being that it was still based on the book, 
somewhat) and the third movie was horrible. I won't say anything about the 
cartoon they tried to pull on us in order to stay polite ;) .

Now I thought (wrongly it seems) that the original version was in English. 
There goes my hope of ever reading it in original version :(( .

Christophe Grandsire.

You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.