Rainald Goetz

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Rainald Goetz (2012)

Rainald Maria Goetz (born May 24, 1954 in Munich ) is a German writer .


Goetz grew up in his hometown of Munich. During high school he spent a year as an exchange student in the USA . After graduating from high school, he studied history , theater studies and medicine at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich from 1974 . In the 1977/78 winter semester he spent a period abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris , where he began his dissertation on ancient history . He completed the history and medicine courses with a doctorate : 1978 the history course with an ancient history dissertation on friends and enemies of Emperor Domitian , which was suggested and supervised by the ancient historian Hermann Bengtson (1909–1989). He describes the development of his dissertation in his novel Kontrolliert . 1982 he earned a doctorate Dr. med. with a thesis on a topic of adolescent psychiatry.

In 1976 he began to write for the Süddeutsche Zeitung . First he wrote reviews of books for children and young people. In 1977 a three-part series of articles entitled From the Diary of a Medical Student was published . In 1978 the first publication followed in the literary magazine Kursbuch , in which Goetz described the course of his studies so far and his social isolation under the title Der macht seine Weg . He wrote for TransAtlantik , the music magazine Spex - various individual contributions were combined into volumes (Hirn, Kronos, Celebration) - and Merkur . In 1980 he visited the editorial offices and journalists of German feature articles, including Marcel Reich-Ranicki , Wolfram Schütte , Fritz J. Raddatz and Joachim Kaiser . He described his “journey through German feuilletons” in a TransAtlantik essay in 1981. In 1981 he discussed the books Couples, Passers-by by Botho Strauss and Die Kälte by Thomas Bernhard in Spiegel magazine .

Goetz became famous in 1983 through an appearance in the competition for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in Klagenfurt . In front of the television cameras running, he scratched his forehead with a razor blade during his reading, let the blood run over his hands and his manuscript, and finished the reading covered in blood. He did not receive an award, but was described as the "media winner of Klagenfurt". In addition, Marcel Reich-Ranicki was enthusiastic about the spirited, authentic and individual language and called the text Subito a “literary achievement” that should be separated from the stage action. According to Alban Nikolai Herbst , the performance had been agreed with the Suhrkamp Verlag , in which Goetz's first novel Irre was published that same year .

In Garbage for All Goetz mentions a discontinued study of sociology at the Institute for Sociology at LMU Munich, which he began in the mid-1990s, as well as a dissertation project at FU Berlin entitled With Luhmann on Bernhard on Adornos Proust . Before the book Loslabern , Goetz toyed with the idea of ​​working as an assistant doctor in his brother's practice, also a doctor.

In a Tempo interview with Moritz von Uslar in 1993, Goetz announced that he wanted to move to Berlin-Wedding , on the grounds that “I have to see a few prolos when I step out the front door in the morning.” His internet diary, garbage for all Goetz wrote in 1998 mainly in Berlin-Mitte , where he commuted from Munich. Later he moved entirely to Berlin.


Among the topics that Goetz has literarily processed include the German Autumn (Controlled), his own experiences working in the psychiatry and the techno movement of the 1990s in Germany, as in the story Rave and in which, together with Westbam published Book mix, cuts & scratches .

Goetz has been regarded as the chronicler of the present in German literature since his first literary publications. In retrospect , Maxim Biller viewed his novel Irre (1983) as a prelude to the literary “Ichzeit”, which is characterized by the interlocking of the author's work and life.

His works from the 80s and 90s are counted among the German pop literature of those years, which also corresponds to Goetz's self-image. Almost all writings are determined by the perception of a solitary observer whose everyday life is characterized by reading newspapers and writing. Goetz recorded and commented as a participating, enthusiastic or polemical observers tendencies of the present (including punk in deception , Techno in Rave , the variety of media statements in 1989 , the mechanisms of the media company in Dekonspiratione ). A central point of reference for his reflections is Niklas Luhmann's system theory .

In 1998 Goetz wrote a network diary (the word “blog” did not yet exist at that time) under the title Waste for All , in which he published daily impressions, reflections and comments on current cultural events on his website. It was published in book form a year later. His plays War, Fortress and Jeff Koons , for which he has received several awards as Dramatist of the Year, belong to post-dramatic theater. In 1998 he also gave the Frankfurt Poetics Lectures , the text of which has gone into garbage for all .

In 2001 the television format “nothing special” described by Goetz in the story Dekonspiratione was realized in the ZDF night studio with Volker Panzer , Moritz von Uslar and Goetz himself. Three episodes were broadcast under the name "Fernsehen", guests were Alexa Hennig von Lange , Barbara Sichtermann and Klaudia Brunst . The second episode was filmed and broadcast the day after September 11th .

From February 2007 to June 2008 Goetz wrote a blog entitled Klage on the website of the illustrated Vanity Fair , which was also published in book form. The book contains fragments and reflections on planned novels that Goetz had been working on since 1999 without being able to finish them. The two books Klage and loslabern deal with this failure and the decade of extensive publication abstinence .

The novel Johann Holtrop , published in 2012, also marked the return of the author Rainald Goetz as an author of narrative works.

Most of his works have been published by Suhrkamp Verlag . On the occasion of his 50th birthday, the first international Rainald Goetz Symposium took place in the Literaturhaus Frankfurt , organized by the Philipps University of Marburg , the Literaturhaus and the Suhrkamp publishing house.

In addition to his books and photo volumes, Goetz released the album Word together with Oliver Lieb and Stevie B-Zet in 1994 , on which he combined spoken word with ambient and trance music. The album cover shows a photo of Goetz as a child with ballet shoes while his father reads to him from the Holy Scriptures . Around 1999 he took part in the Internet literature project Pool .


  • Lunatic . Novel. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1983; ibid. 1986, ISBN 3-518-37724-8 .
  • War. Brain . 2 volumes. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1986 (= es 1320); New edition ibid. 2003:
  1. War . ISBN 3-518-39990-X .
  2. Brain . ISBN 3-518-39991-8 .
  • Controlled . Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1988; ibid. 1991, ISBN 3-518-38336-1 .
  • Fortress (= book 4, work in three parts). Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1993, ISBN 3-518-09887-X (= es 1793-95)
  1. Fortress . Pieces, ISBN 3-518-11793-9 .
  2. 1989 . Material I-III, ISBN 3-518-11794-7 .
  3. Kronos . Reports, ISBN 3-518-11795-5 .
  1. Rave. Narrative , 1998, ISBN 3-518-40954-9 .
  2. Jeff Koons. Piece , 1998, ISBN 3-518-40988-3 .
  3. Deconspiracies . 2000, ISBN 3-518-41122-5 .
  4. Celebration. 90s Night Pop , 1999, ISBN 3-518-12118-9 (= es 2118)
  5. Waste for everyone. Novel of a Year , 1999, ISBN 3-518-41094-6 .
  • This morning . 2 audio CDs, read by Rainald Goetz (with WestBam). DHV, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-89584-878-6 .
  • Decade of beautiful women . Merve, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-88396-169-8 .
  • Gorge (= book 6, work in several parts). Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main
  1. Lawsuit . Weblog from Vanity Fair , 2007–2008 (Gorge 1). Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2008, ISBN 978-3-518-42028-7 .
  2. Loose. Report autumn 2008 (gorge 2). Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-518-42112-3 .
  3. Loose . Audio CD. Speaker: Rainald Goetz. BR radio play and media art, intermedium rec. 046, Erding 2010, ISBN 978-3-939444-76-3 .
  4. Eleventh September 2010. Pictures of a decade (Canyon 4). Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-518-42207-6 .
  5. Johann Holtrop . Roman (Canyon 3). Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin August 2012, ISBN 978-3-518-42281-6 .



  • Heinz Ludwig Arnold (Ed.): Rainald Goetz . text + kritik (issue 190), Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-86916-108-2 .
  • Reinhard Baumgart : Life - not a dream? The benefits and disadvantages of an autobiographical literature . In: Ders .: Glücksgeist and Wretched Soul . Munich / Vienna 1986, pp. 198–228.
  • Remigius Bunia : Realism and Fiction. Reflections on the concept of realism. Using the example of Uwe Johnson's “Anniversaries” and Rainald Goetz's “Garbage for Everyone” . In: Journal for Literary Studies and Linguistics 139 (2005), pp. 134–152.
  • Stefan Greif: In video veritas. Rainald Goetz 'videographic television documentary 1989 . In: Clips. A collage . Lit, Münster 2004, ISBN 3-8258-7420-6 , pp. 115-132.
  • Albert C. Eibl: The death of the narrator is the birth of the self. On Rainald Goetz's history of the present in the new millennium. In: Critical Edition - Journal for German Studies & Literature. No. 27 (2014): “Work”. Pp. 73-77. http://www.kritische-ausgabe.de/heft/nr-27-2014-arbeit
  • Nils Lehnert: Surface - reverberation room - reference hell. Post-dramatic discourses on text, theater and contemporary aesthetics using the example of Rainald Goetz '»Jeff Koons« . Hamburg 2012, ISBN 978-3-86815-566-2 .
  • Albert Meier: "Is it really DIFFERENCE?" Rainald Goetz as a second and third degree observer of reality. In: Telling contemporaneity. For the presentation of contemporary history in contemporary German-language literature (X), edited by Linda Karlsson Hammarfelt, Edgar Platen, Petra Platen. Munich 2018 (Perspektiven 19), pp. 128–140.
  • Jürgen Oberschelp: Frenzy. About Rainald Goetz, hatred and literature . In: Merkur 2/1987, pp. 170-173.
  • Ulf Poschardt : The filmmaker, the artist and the writer. Away from the identity trap: Godard, Warhol and Goetz . In: Kunstforum international 139 (1997), pp. 146–161.
  • Cord Riechelmann : Mistakes and gaps. About "Loslabern" by Rainald Goetz . In: Jungle World , October 29, 2009, No. 44, pp. 6-9.
  • Martin Jörg Schäfer, Elke Siegel: The Intellectual and the Popular: Reading Rainald Goetz . In: The Germanic Review 81/3 (2006), pp. 195-201.
  • Eckhard Schumacher: Right now. Spellings of the present . Frankfurt a. M. 2003.
  • Eckhard Schumacher: »The popular. What does that mean? ”Rainald Goetz's“ Trash for Everyone ” . In: text + kritik X / 2003 [= special volume ›Pop-Literatur‹, ed. by Heinz Ludwig Arnold u. Jörgen Schäfer], pp. 158–171.
  • Eckhard Schumacher: ways of writing everyday life. Rainald Goetz 'journals . In: Patrick Primavesi / Simone Mahrenholz (ed.): Divided time. On the Critique of Rhythm in the Arts . Schliengen 2005, pp. 137–151.
  • Georg Stanitzek : Talkshow-Essay-Feuilleton-Philology . In: Weimarer contributions 38 (1992), pp. 506-528.
  • Georg Stanitzek : Bohème - Boulevard - Style: Comment on a Flickr picture by Rainald Goetz . In: Walburga Hülk / Gregor shoes (ed.): Haussmann and the consequences. From the boulevard to the boulevardization . Tübingen 2012, pp. 137–149.
  • Brigitte Weingart: picture writings, McLuhan, literature of the sixties . In: text + kritik X / 2003 [= special volume ›Pop-Literatur‹, ed. by Heinz Ludwig Arnold u. Jörgen Schäfer], pp. 81-103.
  • Johannes Windrich : TechnoTheater. Dramaturgy and philosophy with Rainald Goetz and Thomas Bernhard , Munich: Fink, 2007.
  • Hubert Winkels : War the signs. Rainald Goetz and the return of the body . In: Ders .: cuts. On the literature of the 80s . Cologne 1988, pp. 221-259.
  • Hubert Winkels: Parody and Outperformance. Rainald Goetz and Patrick Roth . In: Ders .: Reading desire and image power. Literature, television and new media . Cologne 1997, pp. 95-112.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rainald M. Goetz: Friends and enemies of the emperor Domitian. A prosopographical investigation . Dissertation LMU Munich 1978, curriculum vitae at the end of the volume.
  2. ^ Rainald Goetz: The reaction time paradigm as a diagnostic tool in child psychiatry . Dissertation Munich 1982.
  3. ^ Marc Reichwein: Action scenes of world literature: Rainald Goetz . In: THE WORLD . June 2, 2020 ( welt.de [accessed June 10, 2020]).
  4. ^ Christian Schultz-Gerstein: The mad fellow traveler . In: Der Spiegel . No. 39 , 1983 ( online ).
  5. Inga Hemmerling: "Pop and again Pop". The advertising strategy text "Subito" by Rainald Goetz as an example of literary pop culture with possible lessons inclusion , 2007, ISBN 3-638-81757-1 , page 15 ( in part excerpt on Google Books)
  6. "You are a language fascist!" In: Volltext . Accessed July 31, 2020 .
  7. ^ Goetz, Rainald .: Waste for all: [novel of a year] . Suhrkamp, ​​2003, ISBN 978-3-518-45542-5 , pp. 89; 201 .
  8. No. Yes. Joy. Retrieved June 21, 2019 .
  9. Words Of Wisdom: Moritz von Uslar on Rainald Goetz 1993. Retrieved on June 26, 2020 (German).
  10. Poet: From Raven to Capital . In: The daily newspaper: taz . May 9, 2012, ISSN  0931-9085 ( taz.de [accessed June 26, 2020]).
  11. Maxim Biller: Our literary epoch. Ichzeit , in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung from October 1, 2011. Biller spoke of Irre as a prelude to a “new literary epoch” after the era of Group 47 and postmodernism .
  12. ^ BR radio play Pool - Goetz, Johann Holtrop
  13. ^ Writer Rainald Goetz honored with the Berlin Literature Prize. In: fu-berlin.de. March 28, 2012, accessed October 2, 2018.
  14. Speech of the Year. In: uni-tuebingen. Retrieved October 2, 2018 .
  15. ↑ Awarding of the medal on the Day of German Unity. In: bundespräsident.de. October 2, 2018, accessed October 2, 2018.