Insane by Rainald Goetz

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The digs at German intellectuals, which made Mr Goetz notorious at the time, now look parochial. But his eloquent depictions of human misery, and his frustration with the seemingly impossible task of helping those who appear beyond help, continue to resonate.
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Translated for the first time into English, cult German author Rainald Goetz’s debut novel Insane draws upon his clinical psychiatric experience to paint a portrait of the asylum as a total institution. We follow a young psychiatrist, Dr Raspe, who enters the profession dreaming of revolutionising its methods. Confronted by day-to-day practices and the reality of life in the psychiatric hospital, Raspe begins to fray at the edges. The very concept of madness is called into question in a brutal portrayal of patients and psychiatrists and the various treatments administered, from psychotherapy to electroshock therapy. What is madness? And who is truly mad? Diving headlong into a terrifying and oppressive world, Insane is a veritable journey into the madhouse by one of Germany’s most prominent and contentious authors.

 

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Published October 18, 2017 by Fitzcarraldo Editions. 340 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History. Fiction
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The Economist

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on Nov 30 2017

The digs at German intellectuals, which made Mr Goetz notorious at the time, now look parochial. But his eloquent depictions of human misery, and his frustration with the seemingly impossible task of helping those who appear beyond help, continue to resonate.

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