Rui Tavares is a Portuguese writer and historian, born in Lisbon in 1972, with studies in Art History at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Social Sciences at the Universidade de Lisboa, and History and Civilizations at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris. His doctoral dissertation on Portuguese censorship in the 18th century, «The Enlightened Censor», was published in 2018.
Rui Tavares is a leading opinion columnist at the daily newspaper «Público». He was an Member of the European Parliament (2009-2104). On the current European crisis he published «The irony of the European project», in 2012, and was one of the creators of the Ulysses Project and the documentary «Ulysses – breaking the spell of the crisis», in 2013. He translated Voltaire’s “Cândido, or Optimism” and Giordano Bruno’s “Magic Treaty”. «The Architect» and the translation of the «Magic Treaty» were published in Brazil. “The Little Book of the Great Earthquake”, its first title, is translated into Russian, Italian and English. His books are published by the Portuguese publisher Tinta-da-China.