Benedict Anderson (1936-2015) was one of the most influential thinkers of the nation; he passed away on 12th December, 2015. Imagined Communities, his seminal work, was first published by Verso in 1983 and became an instant classic for its examination of the origins and development of nationalism and the creation of communities. Carlos Sardiña Galache remembers the historian, who maintained that there were “utopian elements” worth fighting for in the idea of the nation, in this obituary, originally published in El Mundo in Spanish and translated here by Annie McDermott.
Indonesian novelist Eka Kurniawan remembers the late Benedict Anderson, world renowned scholar and author of the classic work Imagined Communities, who passed away last month. An instant classic, Imagined Communities was first published by Verso in 1983.
It was through Anderson that we were introduced to Kurniawan, “Indonesia’s most original living writer of novels and short stories, and its most unexpected meteorite.” We published Anderson's introduction to Kurniawan's outstanding novel Man Tiger, exemplifying his ability to traverse history, politics and world literature in a way few could match.