Peeter Helme (born 1978 in Tallinn) is a promising author. A productive essayist and literary critic, he has studied history, art history and theology in Tartu, Göttingen and Berlin, mainly concentrating on philosophy of the 20th century and German literary history. Helme anchors the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s literary radio programs.
Helme´s first novel, Puudutus (The Touch, 2007), was marked out for special mention in the novel contest in 2006. It is a book of a young man, living in a European town, probably Berlin, and the novel is aimed inwards, concentrating on meditations about his world, seeming even archaic because of thinking about conservative values, not hastening along with busy everyday life. The novel September (2009) is quite different, however: it is about a modern man living in town, a lonely yuppie, who seems to be incapable of feeling. Being a strange, heartless man, he is more like a teenager experimenting with relationships than a grown-up, playing as a child, without much responsibility or any touch of empathy. Weirdly intense, it has been compared to Michael Frayn´s novel The Tin Men. His latest novel Sügaval läänes (Deep in the West, 2015) is a crime story set in the industrial Ruhr Valley.
Peeter Helme is one of the three founders of the Wordwormer Prize (it is since 2009 given to the best and the most fascinating book to have appeared between the two Feasts of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Estonia).