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Rainald Goetz
German writer

Rainald Goetz

Rainald Goetz
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Intro German writer
A.K.A. Rainald Maria Goetz
Is Writer Physician Historian
From Germany
Field Healthcare Literature Social science
Gender male
Birth 24 May 1954, Munich
Age 69 years
Rainald Goetz
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Rainald Maria Goetz (born 1954) 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" ("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.

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

  • 1983 Kranichsteiner Literaturpreis
  • 1988 Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis
  • 1991 Heinrich-Böll-Preis
  • 1993 Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis
  • 1999 Else-Lasker-Schüler-Dramatikerpreis
  • 2000 Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize
  • 2000 Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis
  • 2012 Berliner Literaturpreis
  • 2013 Schiller-Gedächtnispreis
  • 2013 Marieluise-Fleißer-Preis
  • 2015 Georg Büchner Prize

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)

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