Rainald Goetz

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Rainald Goetz, 2012

Rainald Maria Goetz (born May 24, 1954 in Munich) is a German author, playwright and essayist.


After studying History and Medicine in Munich and earning a degree (PhD and M.D) in each, he soon concentrated on his writing.

With his first works, especially his novel "Irre" ("Insane"), published in 1983, he became a cult author for the intellectual left. To the delight of his fans and the dismay of some critics he mixed neo-expressionist writing with social realism in the vein of Alfred Döblin and the fast pace of British pop writers like Julie Burchill. During a televised literary tournament in 1983, Goetz slit his own forehead with a razor blade and let the blood run down his face until he finished reading.[1]

Goetz made his name as an enthusiastic observer of media and pop culture. He embraced avant-garde[citation needed] philosophers like Foucault and Luhmann as well as the DJs of the techno movement, especially Sven Väth.

He kept a written a daily diary, or blog, on the web in 1998–99 called Abfall für alle ("trash for everybody"), which eventually was published as a book.

Goetz won numerous literary awards.

Awards and honors[edit]

Selected works[edit]

  • Irre/Insane (1983) – the novel which made him famous. Available in English.
  • Krieg / "War" (1986) – three plays
  • Kontrolliert / "Controlled" (1988)
  • Festung (1993) plays
  • 1989 (1993) – a collage of media etc. from the years 1989 / 1990 German Reunification
  • Rave (1998)
  • Jeff Koons (1998)
  • Abfall für alle (1999)
  • Klage (2008)
  • Johann Holtrop (2012)


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