Rein Raud

2018: Summary

This year saw the publication of my latest novel, The Last One Out, as well as quite a few translations of my earlier work: "Practices of Selfhood" appeared in Portuguese, translated by Carlos Alberto Medeiros and published by Zahar, one of the most respectable publishing houses in Brazil, as well as in Turkish, translated by Mehmet Ekinci,
at the Ayrinti publishing house in Istanbul, famous for its uncompromising commitment to pluralistic left-liberal values. "Meaning in Action" was published in Estonian and continued to receive enthusiastic reviews internationally. "The Minotaur", a play originally published in 1988, appeared in English in a volume dedicated to the work of the Lithuanian artist Dainius Liškevičius, in part inspired by my writing. "The Death of the Perfect Sentence" appeared in Russian and also made it to the longlist of the International Dublin Literary Award, together with such authors as Arundhati Roy, Daniel Kehlmann, Jenny Erpenbeck, Jennifer Egan, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Paul Auster, Richard Flanagan and Salman Rushdie, to name but a few.
I have also done quite a bit of academic work - appearing on conferences of the Society of Asian and Contemporary Philosophy in Krakow, the European Network of Japanese Philosophy in Hildesheim as well as spending a couple some time as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, delivering guest lectures at the Kyoto University and the Meiji University in the process. I was also one of the guests of the Poetry Spring in Vilnius, a wonderful festival with a chance to meet other poets from all around the world.
But the main event of the year was without any doubt the London Book Fair, where I was one of the four Estonian wri
ters to represent Estonia, which was the market focus country this year, together with Latvia and Lithuania. This meant a lot of public talks and discussions with Baltic and British colleagues at the venue, as well as a nice evening talk together with David Szalay at the Daunt Books. Immediately after the London Book Fair, Estonian literature took over the fabulous Print Room at the Coronet, Notting Hill, for a series of events featuring many prominent Estonian authors, including my talk with Tony White.