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About the Author
Rainald Goetz, born in 1954 in Munich, studied History and Medicine in Munich and obtained a doctoral degree in both subjects. He briefly worked as a doctor, but quit this profession for the sake of literature in his early thirties. His first novel, Insane, was published in 1983. In 1998, Goetz wrote the internet diary 'Rubbish for Everyone', probably the first literary blog in Germany, with entries on the world of media and consumerism. It was published in book form in 1999 and together with Rave, Jeff Koons, Celebration and Deconspiration belongs to This Morning, his great history of the present. Goetz has been awarded numerous prizes, most notably the Georg Büchner Prize in 2015. He lives in Berlin.
-- The Economist 'Through radical shifts in narrators, subjects and references to culture, Goetz creates a postmodern montage, a shattered book mapping a shattered soul. The novel has now been translated into English for the first time in an extraordinary rendering by Adrian Nathan West, and while the sampling and snippeting might seem old hat to us today, Goetz's book has a profound advantage over contemporary novels of this style: a painful and beautiful, at times vindicating and always truly felt lyricism that shines a light into thegrey cosmos of Raspe's mind...'
-- Jan Wilm, Times Literary Supplement
'Rainald Goetz is the most important trendsetter in German literature.'