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Issue Details: First known date: 1993... 1993 The Kwinkan
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'The unnamed narrator of this wry and witty satire by Australian Aborigine novelist Mudrooroo ( Master of the Ghost Dreaming ) is an avaricious businessman, a failed politician and a bungling diplomat-cum-spy. Reduced to a clerk's job in Canberra, he sees everyone as conspiring against him. When a writer, gathering information for a biography of Aborigine detective Dr. Watson Holmes Jackamara, comes to interview him, the narrator can't resist pouring out the story of his life and the plots against him. After losing his bid for the legislature, he is sent to a tiny South Pacific island group about to gain its independence from Great Britain. His mission is to gather intelligence, to act as a counterweight to a no-nonsense businesswoman named Miss Tamada, whose Japanese corporation is making considerable inroads there, and to position Australia as the new power in the region. Unfortunately, things go awry from the beginning when the narrator fabricates a ridiculous cover story for his presence. To complicate matters further, he falls for the beautiful but depraved Carla, a member of the colony's rather barmy ruling family. This novel is a romp that disarmingly takes on the forces of neo-colonialism shaping the Pacific today. ' (Publication summary)
 

Notes

  • Dedication: I respectfully dedicate this book to the linguist, Mari Rhydwen, who helped me with obscure points of Australian/English usage. Any mistakes are mine. Thanks Mari for your kind and considerate help.

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Works about this Work

The Black-White Man in Mudrooroo's The Kwinkan Maureen Clark , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Frontier Skirmishes : Literary and Cultural Debates in Australia after 1992 2010; (p. 247-260)
[Review] The Kwinkan Nigel Rigby , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Summer vol. 68 no. 3 1994; (p. 632-633)

— Review of The Kwinkan Mudrooroo , 1993 single work novel
Rush Hour of the Spirit Billy Marshall-Stoneking , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 134 1994; (p. 72-74)

— Review of King Bungaree : A Sydney Aborigine Meets the Great South Pacific Explorers, 1799-1830 Keith Vincent Smith , 1992 single work biography ; The Kwinkan Mudrooroo , 1993 single work novel ; The Mudrooroo/Muller Project : A Theatrical Casebook Mudrooroo , Heiner Muller , 1993 anthology drama poetry criticism
Find the Plot Jane Hyde , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 May 1993; (p. wkd 6)

— Review of The Kwinkan Mudrooroo , 1993 single work novel
Men Lose Their Nerve Jan Wilson , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 150 1993; (p. 11-12)

— Review of The Kwinkan Mudrooroo , 1993 single work novel
Aboriginal Encounters Janette Turner Hospital , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 20 August no. 4716 1993; (p. 4-5)

— Review of The Kadaitcha Sung Sam Watson , 1990 single work novel ; The Kwinkan Mudrooroo , 1993 single work novel ; Paperbark : A Collection of Black Australian Writings 1990 anthology poetry drama short story criticism prose autobiography biography ; Writing from the Fringe : A Study of Modern Aboriginal Literature Mudrooroo , 1990 single work criticism
Confronting the White Republic S. K. Kelen , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 May 1993; (p. C10)

— Review of The Mudrooroo/Muller Project : A Theatrical Casebook Mudrooroo , Heiner Muller , 1993 anthology drama poetry criticism ; The Kwinkan Mudrooroo , 1993 single work novel
Rush Hour of the Spirit Billy Marshall-Stoneking , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 134 1994; (p. 72-74)

— Review of King Bungaree : A Sydney Aborigine Meets the Great South Pacific Explorers, 1799-1830 Keith Vincent Smith , 1992 single work biography ; The Kwinkan Mudrooroo , 1993 single work novel ; The Mudrooroo/Muller Project : A Theatrical Casebook Mudrooroo , Heiner Muller , 1993 anthology drama poetry criticism
Traveller's Tale Goes Astray Gerard Windsor , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 June 1993; (p. rev 7)

— Review of Going Away Martin Flanagan , 1993 single work novel ; The Kwinkan Mudrooroo , 1993 single work novel
Forecasts Jane Freeman , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , March vol. 72 no. 1035 1993; (p. 31,33)

— Review of The Kwinkan Mudrooroo , 1993 single work novel
The Black-White Man in Mudrooroo's The Kwinkan Maureen Clark , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Frontier Skirmishes : Literary and Cultural Debates in Australia after 1992 2010; (p. 247-260)
y separately published work icon Mudrooroo : A Critical Study Adam Shoemaker , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1993 Z213563 1993 single work criticism
It's the Quest Which Matters Adam Shoemaker (interviewer), 1993 single work interview
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 55 1993; (p. 38-44)
Mudrooroo's Shadow Boxing Helen Daniel , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 55 1993; (p. 44-47)
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