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Rainald Goetz

Rainald Goetz, 2012

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


  • Biography 1
  • Awards and honors 2
  • Selected works 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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" ("Crazy" or "Mad"), 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 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

Selected works

  • Irre (1983) – the novel which made him famous.
  • 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)


  1. ^ "DIE LUST AM ERZÄHLEN" 25 Jahre Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis,
  2. ^ "Rainald Goetz: Top German literature prize goes to edgy ex-doctor".  

External links

  • Rainald Goetz: New German dramatic art (website of the Goethe-Institut)
  • "To Live and to Write: The Existence Mission of Writing." Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics, Vol VII, No 1, 2013.
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