Born in 1961 in Tallinn, Estonia, Rein Raud is a novelist, journalist, translator and academic with expertise on Japanese literature and philosophy. His novels, The Brother (2008) and The Reconstruction (2012) have been translated into English, and he himself wrote his work on the theory of culture, Meaning in Action (2016), in English. He co-authored Practices of Selfhood (2105) in English along with Zygmaunt Baumann. He has translated Japanese thinkers and Dante's Vita Nuova into Estonian. He teaches universities in Estonia and Finland and has hosted a philosophical talk show on Estonian TV.