Heinz Helle was born in 1978. He studied philosophy in Munich and New York. He has worked as copywriter for advertising agencies, and is a graduate of the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel. Superabundance (Der beruhigende Klang von explodierendem Kerosin) was his first book. His second novel, Eigentlich müssten wir tanzen, was long-listed for the German Book Prize 2015. Die Überwindng der Schwerkraft, his third novel, was published in 2018.