Rainald Goetz, Rave

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‘Goetz’s writing is a kind of dancing. Each sentence, fragment, captures the essence of what it’s like to live inside the spaces of techno music [...] his is writing of and from the body, hot, sweaty, dazed, decadent, and ultimately life-affirming.’ Julia Bell, author of The Dark Light

"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.

Translated by Adrian Nathan West. Published by Fitzcarraldo Editions, July 2020.