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'The young Wooreddy recognised the omen immediately, accidentally stepping on it while bounding along the beach: something slimy, something eerily cold and not from the earth. Since it had come from the sea, it was an evil omen.

Soon after, many people died mysteriously, others disappeared without a trace, and once-friendly families became bitter enemies. The islanders muttered, 'It's the times', but Wooreddy alone knew more: the world was coming to an end.

In Mudrooroo's unforgettable novel, considered by many to be his masterpiece, the author evokes with fullest irony the bewilderment and frailty of the last native Tasmanians, as they come face to face with the clumsy but inexorable power of their white destroyers. ...' (Source: Goodreads website)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Hyland House , 1983 .
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      Extent: 207p.
      ISBN: 0908090544
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Ballantine Books ,
      1986 .
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      Extent: 213p.
      ISBN: 0345339673
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Hyland House , 1987 .
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      Extent: 207p.
      Reprinted: 1992 , 1998 Pbk. ed.
      ISBN: 0947062025
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Ballantine Books ,
      1989 .
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      Extent: 214p.
      ISBN: 0345363426
    • Exile Bay, Drummoyne - Concord area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales,: ETT Imprint , 2019 .
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      Extent: 196p.
      Description: facsim.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 November 2013
      ISBN: 9781925706826
Alternative title: Hoe het einde van de wereld te verdragen : een recept van doktor Wooreddy
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Bridges Books ,
      1992 .
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      Extent: 255p.
      ISBN: 9070306204

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Works about this Work

Dr Power's Prescription for the Fabrication of a Tasmanian Imagination Carmel Bird , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , no. 158 2019; (p. 36-41)
'Carmel Bird revisits Dr Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the End of the World.'
Anthropocene and the End of the World : Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Other Disasters Kylie Crane , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene 2019; (p. 158-175)
Analyses a series of Australian novels in terms of their dystopian approach to climate change.
Utopia and Utopian Studies in Australia Andrew Milner , Verity Burgmann , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Utopian Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2016; (p. 200-209)
'There are no independently Australian translations of Thomas More’s Utopia. Nor is there any equivalent in Australia to the Society for Utopian Studies in North America or the Utopian Studies Society in Europe. Nor are there any extant formal research groups or undergraduate or graduate courses in utopian studies. There are, however, distinctively Australian traditions of utopian writing, both eutopian and dystopian, and also a limited field of Australian utopian studies, essentially the work of individual scholars. This article attempts a brief description of both.' (Publication summary)
Writing into History : A Postcolonial Rereading of Mudrooroo's Doctor Wooreddy Kyung-Won Lee , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of English Language & Literature / Yǒngǒ Yǒngmunhak , December vol. 62 no. 4 2016; (p. 527-546)

'Mudrooroo`s reputation as the first and most influential Aboriginal writer has been open to doubt since his `inauthentic` Aboriginal identity became a headline news in Australia. But this essay relocates Mudrooroo as an Aboriginal writer from what Homi Bhabha has called `the postcolonial perspective.` Assuming that authenticity has much to do with positioning and performance rather than bloodline and that cultural hybridity can be a legitimate ground of resistance, the essay argues against the nativist or nationalist logic that `the real Aborigines` alone can talk about Aboriginal problems of their own. Taking Doctor Wooreddy as an instance of his postcolonial remaking of Aboriginality, the essay examines how Mudrooroo `performs` as an Aboriginal writer to engage with the dominant discourse of white Australia that has silenced Aboriginal voices. The novel deserves a postcolonial rereading not only because it rewrites the history of colonial encounter from an Aboriginal standpoint but because it debunks the myths of white supremacy by appropriating white language and literary apparatuses. As a result of Mudrooroo`s writing into history in the mode of `learning to curse,` both Australian literature and Aboriginal literature become a site of intercultural and postcolonial dialogue rather than a province of possessive exclusivism. Aboriginality, hence, can take on a more viable signification beyond the rubric of biological essentialism in order not to serve a fixed, universal trope of otherness to the demand of the hegemonic culture.' (Publication abstract)

'Terror Nullius' : Contemporary Australian Frontier Fictions in the Classroom Russell West-Pavlov , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature 2016; (p. 67-76)

‘A fire hydrant on a street corner in Carlton, in inner-city Melbourne, carries an ephemeral stencilled graffito : ‘terror nullius.’ The graffito is a pun on the legal doctrine of terra nullius, Latin for ‘nobody’s land,’ which dictated that any territory found by a colonizing power could be occupied and claimed if it was deemed not to be inhabited by prior occupants. Typically it was deployed by the British, for example, in a number of rulings in the mid- to late – nineteenth century, (Reynolds, 'Frontier History' 4) to legitimize their colonial conquests around the so-called New World, in particular in Australia. Its hegemony as a legal fiction was ended by the Australian High Court’s historic Mabo ruling of 1992, which deemed that so-called native title, that is, Indigenous possession of Australia, had existed before and after British occupation and the declaration of sovereignty in 1788 (Butt, Eagleson, and Lane).’ (Introduction)

How Do You Like Your History Done? Gerard Windsor , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , September no. 96 1984; (p. 66-68)

— Review of A Change for the Better : short stories Peter Mathers , 1984 selected work short story ; The Cut-Rate Kingdom Thomas Keneally , 1980 single work novel ; White Stag of Exile Thomas Shapcott , 1984 single work novel ; Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World Colin Johnson , 1983 single work novel
Sympathy Subtly Woven Judy Duffy , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 58 1984; (p. 23-24)

— Review of Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World Colin Johnson , 1983 single work novel
When Whites Collide in the Dreamtime Billy Marshall-Stoneking , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 February 1984; (p. 14)

— Review of Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World Colin Johnson , 1983 single work novel
Tasmania Before White People Invaded Leonard Teale , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 23 May 1987;

— Review of Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World Colin Johnson , 1983 single work novel
The Book Magazine Danny Gardner , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Book Magazine , Autumn vol. 1 no. 4 1988; (p. 8)

— Review of Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World Colin Johnson , 1983 single work novel
Dominionisation or Infiltration : Religion and the Territorial Imperative in Post-Colonial Writing Dorothy Lane , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Resistance and Reconciliation : Writing in the Commonwealth 2003; (p. 114-129)
Clio and Calliope : Documentation and Narration in 'Third-World' Historical Writing Eckhard Breitinger , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aratjara : Aboriginal Culture and Literature in Australia 1997; (p. 97-108)
Mudrooroo's Encounters with Missionaries Eva Rask Knudsen , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mongrel Signatures : Reflections on the Work of Mudrooroo 2003; (p. 167-184)
Identity Crises and Orphaned Rewritings Maggie Nolan , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mongrel Signatures : Reflections on the Work of Mudrooroo 2003; (p. 107-128)
Doctor Wooreddy's War against Time Annalisa Oboe , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mongrel Signatures : Reflections on the Work of Mudrooroo 2003; (p. 83-105)
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