Helge is left-handed, he lustfully paints and scribbles with his left hand, but at school he is re-educated. Nevertheless, writing remains his passion and he tries to succeed as an author at a young age. After the publication of two novels with only moderate success, he sees himself forced to make another U-turn. He gives up his own writing and from now on edits foreign texts for a service agency. But the left hand, the wild, the strong, comes back, Helge gives in to it and begins to write down the story of his great love Elena and her suicide with his left hand. At the end he asks himself: Should I fight my way through the jungle of the literary business once again? To endure the cold of saturated editors and publishers? His heart hand says yes.
© Martina Kirchhof
Volker Kaminski was born in Karlsruhe, studied German and philosophy in Freiburg and Berlin, where he now lives as a freelance writer. In addition to short stories and columns (Berliner Zeitung) he has published numerous novels (e.g. "Rot wie Schnee" 2016 and "Auf Probe" 2018 with Wortreich). Most recently, his literary thriller "Der Gestrandete" was published (Lindemann's Library, 2019). He regularly reviews novels from the Arabic-speaking world for Deutsche Welle. Since 2014, he has been a lecturer at the Alice Salomon Hochschule in Berlin, where he teaches in a master's program in Creative Writing. He received several scholarships, such as the Alfred Döblin Scholarship, the scholarship of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and the scholarship Künstlerhaus Edenkoben.