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.
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
- 2018 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- 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)
- "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.