Rainald Maria Goetz (born 24 May 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.
His first published works, especially his novel Irre ("Insane"), published in 1983, made him a cult author of 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 such as Julie Burchill. During a televised literary event in 1983, Goetz slit his own forehead with a razor blade and let the blood run down his face until he finished reading.
Goetz has the reputation of an enthusiastic observer of media and pop culture. He has embraced avant-garde philosophers such as Foucault and Luhmann as well as the DJs of the techno movement, especially Sven Väth.
He kept a blog in 1998–99 called Abfall für alle ("rubbish for everybody"), which was later published as a book.
Goetz has 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
- 2018 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Irre (1983), the novel which made him famous. English translation titled Insane.
- Krieg ("War") (1986). Three plays.
- Kontrolliert ("Controlled") (1988).
- Festung (1993). Plays.
- 1989 (1993), a collage of media from the years of the German Reunification, 1989–90.
- Rave (1998).
- Jeff Koons (1998).
- Abfall für alle ("Rubbish for everyone") (1999).
- Klage ("Complaint") (2008).
- Johann Holtrop (2012).
- "DIE LUST AM ERZÄHLEN" 25 Jahre Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, bachmannpreis.orf.at
- "Rainald Goetz: Top German literature prize goes to edgy ex-doctor". Deutsche Welle. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- Rainald Goetz: New German dramatic art (website of the Goethe-Institut)
- "To Live and to Write: The Existence Mission of Writing[permanent dead link]." Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics, Vol VII, No 1, 2013.