Manuel Rui (1941- ) is an Angolan writer who has authored poetry, novels, theater plays, and short stories.
Manuel Rui, whose full name is Manuel Rui Alves Monteiro, was born in 1941 in Huambo (then Nova Lisboa). Rui studied at the University of Coimbra, in Portugal, and received a law degree there in 1969. He practiced the law in Coimbra during the nationalist struggle for independence in Angola. He belonged to the editorial board of Vértice, the journal of the Center of Literary Studies in Coimbra, where he published his first prose fiction works in the early 1970s. In the aftermath of the Portuguese military coup on April 25, 1974, Rui returned to Angola to serve as the MPLA Minister of Information in the transitional government established by the Alvor Agreement. He then served as Angola's first representative to the Organization of African Unity and the United Nations. He also directed MPLA's Department of Revolutionary Orientation and Department of Foreign Affairs. He wrote Angola's first national anthem and the Angola's version of The Internationale.
- O Espantalho (The Scarecrow, 1973)
- Meninos de Huambo (Children of Huambo, 1985)
- A Onda (The Wave, 1973)
- Cinco Vezes Cinco (Five Times Five, 1986)
- Regresso Adiado (Delayed Return; short stories, 1973)
- Sim, Camarada! (Yes, Comrade!; short stories, 1977)
- Quem Me Dera Ser Onda (I Wish I Were a Wave; novella, 1982)
- A Crónica de um Mujimbo (The Chronicle of a Rumor; novel, 1989)
- O Manequim e o Piano (The Mannequin and the Piano; novel, 2005)
- Phillis Reisman Butler, "Manuel Rui's Sim Camarada!: Interpolation and the Transformation of Narrative Discourse." Callaloo 14:2 (Spring 1991), p. 307.
- Biography of Manuel Rui on the site of the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulo-Natal