Benedict Anderson, renowned scholar and theorist of nationalism, died in his sleep on Sunday while on a visit to the city of Malang, Indonesia.
Anderson (1936) was widely known for his book Imagined Communities, first published in 1983. In it, he argued that the rise of modern nationalism was inherently linked with language and literacy.
In an announcement of Anderson’s death on Verso’s website, Tariq Ali writes:
Ben died peacefully in his sleep last night, in Java, a part of the world to which he had devoted much of his adult life, which he loved and where he had a huge number of admirers and a collection of very old and close friends.
During the last few weeks we had been in regular communication with him, finalizing his memoir, A Life Beyond Boundaries, that was first published in Japan in response to insistent demands from Japanese scholars who wished to know more about his life and intellectual trajectory. Over the coming weeks, much will be written about him as the shock of his death reverberates in different parts of the globe. Our condolences to his family for whom, we know, the loss is immeasurable.
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2015/12/13/benedict-anderson-dies-at-79/