The Kwinkan by Mudrooroo

by
May 1993, no. 150

The Kwinkan by Mudrooroo

Angus and Robertson, $14.95 pb

The Kwinkan by Mudrooroo

by
May 1993, no. 150

As part of his quest to gather information about the ‘famous Dr Warson Holmes Jackamara’ – a Detective Inspector of police, a government official, and the holder of a doctorate in criminology – an Aboriginal oral historian interviews an erstwhile Queensland real estate broker and aspiring politician, for whom Jackamara once worked as a ‘minder’. The transcripts of the resulting thirteen monologues comprise the substance of a novella which presents the reader with an object lesson about the dangers inherent in the greed for power – in hubris – and in white Australian’s failure to recognise the strength of the Aboriginal spirit beings. As such, despite what some might see as its overstrained mythicism, this work has a compelling, and uniquely Australian, quality.

Jan Wilson reviews 'The Kwinkan' by Mudrooroo

The Kwinkan

by Mudrooroo

Angus and Robertson, $14.95 pb

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