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Authors: by Rainald Goetz (Author), Adrian Nathan West (Translator)
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fitzcarraldo Editions (November 3, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 260 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1913097196
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1913097196

‘Meet girls. Take drugs. Listen to music.’ In Rave, cult German novelist Rainald Goetz takes a headlong dive into nineties techno culture. From the cathartic release on the dance floor to the intense conversations in corners of nightclubs and the after-parties in the light of dawn, this exhilarating, fragmentary novel captures the feeling of debauchery from within. Dazzling and intimate, Rave is an unapologetic embrace of nightlife from an author unafraid to lose himself in the subject of his work.

‘To sample an old saying: if you can remember the nineties,you weren’t there. Rainald Goetz was there, and found a form in which to summon the sensations and sounds, the highs and the bass, of techno culture. This is a classic cut from a fabled era that will enrich the mix of today's rave culture – and fills in the memory hole for some of us old-timers.’ – McKenzie Wark, author of The Beach Beneath the Street


‘Rainald Goetz is the most important trendsetter in German literature.’
Süddeutsche Zeitung


Praise for Insane

‘Adrian Nathan West has managed an impressive translation of Mr Goetz’s voice – a relentless staccato that can border on the manic ... Goetz’s eloquent depictions of human misery, and his frustration with the seemingly impossible task of helping those who appear beyond help, continue to resonate.’
 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

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 English by Fitzcarraldo Editions in 2017. Goetz has been awarded numerous prizes, most notably the Georg Buchner Prize in 2015. He lives in Berlin

Adrian Nathan West is the author of The Aesthetics of Degradation and translator of such authors as Pere Gimferrer, Juan Benet, Marianne Fritz, and Josef Winkler. His writings appear regularly in the Times Literary SupplementLos Angeles Review of Books, and Literary Review. He lives in Spain and the United States with the cinema critic Beatriz Leal Riesco.