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Ajip Rosidi: A prolific author, spirited literary activist passes away

  • Josa Lukman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Author and poet Ajip Rosidi died at the age of 82 on Wednesday evening at the Tidar Regional Hospital in Magelang, Central Java.(Tempo/Eko Siswono Toyudho)

The month of July marked another blow for the Indonesian literary scene with the passing of award-winning author and poet Ajip Rosidi. Ajip died at the age of 82 on Wednesday evening at the Tidar Regional Hospital in Magelang, Central Java, where he had been undergoing post-operative treatment after a fall at one of his children’s homes. He was buried at a family cemetery in Pabelan, Magelang, on Thursday. He is survived by his wife – senior actress Nani Widjaja, whom he married in 2017 – six children, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Hailing from Jatiwangi, West Java, Ajip has been a prolific writer since his childhood, with his first story published in the children’s section of the newspaper Indonesia Raya at the tender age of 12. By the age of 15, his poems and short stories had been published in prominent magazines like ...