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Arswendo Atmowiloto: Inspiring author, outspoken journalist

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 22 2019   /  12:31 am
Arswendo Atmowiloto (Tribunnews com)

Arswendo Atmowiloto (Tribunnews com)Arswendo Atmowiloto, a senior journalist and literary figure who was once jailed by the New Order for his controversial poll, died on Friday. He is also fondly remembered for his beloved story Keluarga Cemara (Cemara’s Family). Born in Surakarta, Central Java, on Nov. 26, 1948, as Sarwendo, Arswendo legally changed his name because he thought his birth name was not commercial enough.Arswendo’s career in literature began in 1972 with the publication of his short story Sleko in the Bahari weekly magazine. His later works were published in a number of national publications, including Kompas and Sinar Harapan. Arswendo’s books, including Serangan Fajar (Attack at Dawn) and Pengkhianatan G30S PKI (Betrayal of the Communists), made him a prominent figure in the Indonesian literary circle.But it was Keluarga Cemara&nbs...