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 practices.
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
- Publication Date: 18/10/2017
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781910695319
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