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A classic novel about 90s rave is getting its first English release

Rainald Goetz’s Rave will be published in July by Fitzcarraldo Editions

As the coronavirus continues to shut down clubs and music festivals across the world, many people are turning to books for their cultural fix. Thanks to Fitzcarraldo Editions, however, we can immerse ourselves in the world of techno from the comfort of our homes. The publisher has announced the release of the first English edition of Rave, a 1988 novel by Berlin-based author Rainald Goetz, about the budding German techno scene.

The book, which will be published in July, has been translated by Adrian Nathan West, and is described as “a fragmentary novel that attempts to capture the feel of debauchery from within”. The first of five stories in Goetz’s This Morning series on 90s popular culture, the novel was written in collaboration with musicians Sven Väth and DJ Westbam.

“In Rave, (Goetz) dives fully into dissolution,” the blurb reads. “Celebrating what is neither counter-culture nor mass culture in Adorno’s disparaging sense, but a new way of experiencing mental processes and intimacy.”

If you need something to keep you busy in the meantime, we’ve collated a list of books to get lost in this April. Check it out here.

Rave will be available from 1st July through Fitzcarraldo Editions.