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Terra Incognita single work   novel  
  • Author:agent Rodney Hall http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/hall-rodney
Issue Details: First known date: 1996... 1996 Terra Incognita
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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Island in the Mind Rodney Hall , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1996 Z329234 1996 selected work novel Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1996 pg. 1-211

Works about this Work

Rereadings I : Rodney Hall : Terra Incognita Martin Duwell , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Review , vol. 12 no. 2017;
'Terra Incognita is the first of three novels grouped under the general title of The Island in the Mind and published twenty years ago. More importantly it is the first of a series of seven novels devoted, at least on the surface, to tracing the history of a small part of the south coast of New South Wales called Yandilli in the books but recognisable as the area around Bermagui and Tilba. But, as with Marquez’s Macondo in his Hundred Years of Solitude, the single small location stands as a symbol for the nation it is part of and so the heptalogy presents a view of Australia’s history up to the Second World War. And it is a view which begins more than a century before the arrival of the “first fleet”: like the Americas, Australia is a country that could be said to have been invented before it was discovered. The novels themselves, as one would expect, have complex interrelationships. They also have a complex order of composition (not entirely unlike the Star Wars saga), beginning with Captivity Captive, the sixth, so that the order of writing (and publishing) is: 6, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 7. Terra Incognita concerns itself with the earliest phase of Australian history beginning with the writing of an opera in a small and unidentifiable European country in the middle of the seventeenth century.' (Introduction)
Enter the Realms of Historical Mystery Christopher Bantick , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 November 1996; (p. 20)

— Review of Terra Incognita Rodney Hall , 1996 single work novel ; The Island in the Mind Rodney Hall , 1996 selected work novel
Spices, Fabrics, Palaces, Music Marion Halligan , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 November 1996; (p. rev 7)

— Review of Terra Incognita Rodney Hall , 1996 single work novel ; The Island in the Mind Rodney Hall , 1996 selected work novel
Spices, Fabrics, Palaces, Music Marion Halligan , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 November 1996; (p. rev 7)

— Review of Terra Incognita Rodney Hall , 1996 single work novel ; The Island in the Mind Rodney Hall , 1996 selected work novel
Enter the Realms of Historical Mystery Christopher Bantick , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 November 1996; (p. 20)

— Review of Terra Incognita Rodney Hall , 1996 single work novel ; The Island in the Mind Rodney Hall , 1996 selected work novel
Rereadings I : Rodney Hall : Terra Incognita Martin Duwell , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Review , vol. 12 no. 2017;
'Terra Incognita is the first of three novels grouped under the general title of The Island in the Mind and published twenty years ago. More importantly it is the first of a series of seven novels devoted, at least on the surface, to tracing the history of a small part of the south coast of New South Wales called Yandilli in the books but recognisable as the area around Bermagui and Tilba. But, as with Marquez’s Macondo in his Hundred Years of Solitude, the single small location stands as a symbol for the nation it is part of and so the heptalogy presents a view of Australia’s history up to the Second World War. And it is a view which begins more than a century before the arrival of the “first fleet”: like the Americas, Australia is a country that could be said to have been invented before it was discovered. The novels themselves, as one would expect, have complex interrelationships. They also have a complex order of composition (not entirely unlike the Star Wars saga), beginning with Captivity Captive, the sixth, so that the order of writing (and publishing) is: 6, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 7. Terra Incognita concerns itself with the earliest phase of Australian history beginning with the writing of an opera in a small and unidentifiable European country in the middle of the seventeenth century.' (Introduction)
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