Rein Raud

Rein Raud is a writer, cultural theorist and philosopher. He was the first Rector of Tallinn University, as well a Professor of Japanese Studies. His most recent book, originally published in English, is Meaning in Action: Outline of an Integral Theory of Culture (Polity Press, 2016). He has won many awards including the Cultural Endowment of Estonia Award for Prose. Three of his novels have been translated into English, The Death of the Perfect Sentence (Vagabond Voices, 2017), The Reconstruction (Dalkey Archive Press, 2017), and The Brother (Open Letter Books, 2016).

Saturday, 14 April

Endlessly curious | Rein Raud and Tony White

With an inquisitive mind and sophisticated style, Rein Raud is versatility personified: he has written poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. One of Estonia’s best known writers and an influential opinion leader, Raud will be in conversation with the formally adventurous and equally curious British novelist, writer and editor Tony White, whose latest novel, The Fountain in the Forest, has just been published to much acclaim. Bhavit Mehta chairs.

Rein Raud was born in 1961 and since 1974 has published poetry collections, plays, short stories and novels. He is also a widely published scholar of cultural theory as well as the literature and philosophy of both modern and pre-modern Japan. He has an impressive command of foreign languages and a breadth of cultural knowledge. He was the first Rector of Tallin University. Three of his novels have recently been translated into English: The Death of the Perfect Sentence, The Reconstruction and The Brother.

Tony White is the author of novels including The Fountain in the Forest (Faber and Faber, 2018), and Foxy-T (Faber and Faber, 2003). He is chair of the board of directors of London’s award-winning arts radio station Resonance 104.4fm. White’s new novel The Fountain in the Forest, is published by Faber and Faber in January 2018. His recent novella Zombies Ate My Library (Blast Theory) has been shortlisted in the ‘best novella’ category of the Saboteur Awards 2017.

5pm, Theatre | £6, 40mins

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