Born in 1961 in Tallinn, Estonia, Rein Raud is a novelist, journalist, translator and academic with expertise in Japanese literature and philosophy. His novels, e Brother (2008) and e Reconstruction (2012, winner of the Estonian State Prose Award), have been translated into English, and his work on the theory of culture, Meaning in Action (2016), in English. He co-authored Practices of Selfhood (2015) in English along with Zygmunt Bauman. He has translated Dante’s Vita nuova as well as books from a number of Japanese thinkers into Estonian. He teaches at universities in Estonia and Finland, and has hosted a philosophical talk show on Estonian TV.