Wladimir Kaminer

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Wladimir Kaminer
Wladimir Kaminer.jpg
Kaminer in 2005
Born (1967-07-19) 19 July 1967 (age 47)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Occupation Writer
Ethnicity Jewish
Citizenship German
Notable works Russian Disco

Wladimir Kaminer (Russian: Владимир Каминер; born 19 July 1967)[1] is a Russian-born German short story writer, columnist, and disc jockey of Jewish[1][2] origin.

Kaminer was born in Moscow, and after initially training as an audio engineer for theatre and radio, then studied dramaturgy at the Moscow Institute of Theatre.[1] Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Kaminer emigrated to Marzahn, Berlin, in 1990.[1]

From the late 1990s onward Kaminer became a prime mover in Berlin's art and literature scenes, based at the reopened Kaffee Burger club. He holds regular readings at the cafe, and also contributes regularly to various German literary organs, particularly ZDF-Morgenmagazin. Kaminer also hosts a weekly radio show, called Wladimir's World, on Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg's (formerly Sender Freies Berlin) RADIOmultikulti, a station aimed at immigrants in Germany. Kaminer also regularly DJs at his "Russendiskos", during which he exclusively plays music by Russian bands. These discos originally began at the Kaffee Burger,[3] but now also occasionally tour Germany.

Though Russian is his first language, Kaminer's entire literary output is in German, and sometimes concerns the language contact situation of Russian immigrants to Germany.

In 2006 he announced his intention to run for Mayor of Berlin in 2011.[4] The final chapter of his 2007 book Ich bin kein Berliner was subtitled "My first speech as mayoral candidate" (Meine erste Rede als Bürgermeisterkandidat).[5]


  • Russendisko (2000), released in English as Russian Disco (2002)
  • Schönhauser Allee (2001)
  • Militärmusik (2001)
  • Die Reise nach Trulala (2002)
  • Mein deutsches Dschungelbuch (2003)
  • Ich mache mir Sorgen, Mama (2004)
  • Karaoke (2005)
  • Küche totalitär. Das Kochbuch des Sozialismus (2006)
  • Ich bin kein Berliner. Ein Reiseführer für faule Touristen (2007)
  • Mein Leben im Schrebergarten (2007)
  • Es gab keinen Sex im Sozialismus (2009)


  1. ^ a b c d http://www.munzinger.de/search/portrait/Wladimir+Kaminer/0/23999.html Wladimir Kaminer: deutsch-russischer Schriftsteller. Profile at munzinger.de. (German)
  2. ^ "Immigrieren geht einfacher als eine Ausstellung darüber zu machen" Georg Klein, Jüdische Zeitung, April 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. (German)
  3. ^ Kaminer macht die Heimat dicht Anne Lena Mösken, Berliner Zeitung, 27 April 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2010. (German)
  4. ^ Kaminer will Wowereit beerben Der Spiegel, 23 October 2006. Retrieved 8 September 2010. (German)
  5. ^ Kaminer, Wladimir (2007). Ich bin kein Berliner: Ein Reiseführer für faule Touristen. Munich: Goldmann. p. 211. ISBN 978-3-442-54240-6.