Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his new-found condition, Furo finds the dead ends of his life open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster – except for one thing: despite his radical transformation, Furo's ass remains robustly black... Funny, fierce, inventive and daringly provocative – this is a very modern satire, with a sting in the tail.

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Quadrapheme

31 Dec 2016
7.0
With a title like Blackass (Chatto & Windus, July 2015) you might think A. Igoni Barrett is setting out to provoke; in fact he’s a better writer than that. His debut novel is constructed with some well known tools, among them satire, metafictio ...
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Chicago Review of Book

31 Dec 2016
8.0
One hundred years ago last October, one of the most influential novels in world literature was published: a book so twisted and nightmarish it inspired a new adjective, now ubiquitous, in the lexicon of literary terms. That book was The Metamorphosis ...
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Financial Times

30 Dec 2016
7.0
From the first sentence, Kafka’s The Metamorphosis confronts you with the inherent strangeness of the pact you make when you read fiction. Gregor Samsa has become an insect, Kafka says. Suspend your disbelief. Take it or leave it. A Igoni Barrett ...
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Necessary Fiction

30 Dec 2016
6.0
Blackass is a fresh and compelling exploration of blackness (and whiteness) in current-day Nigeria. A. Igoni Barrett’s debut novel balances strong roots in literary and cultural history with a comprehensive portrait of a twenty-first century life. ...
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The Musty Corner

30 Dec 2016
6.0
I was pretty intrigued when I first read the blurb for Blackass. A grown man, Nigerian and Black in every way possible, wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has become a white man? Yes please, who would not want to know how and ...
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Kirkus Review

30 Dec 2016
5.0
A Nigerian man wakes up white in Barrett’s (Love Is Power, or Something Like That, 2013) satirical update on Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. The morning of a job interview, Furo Wariboko arises to find he’s become white overnight, this in a modest s ...

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Publisher:

Cassava Republic Press (Nigeria)
Chatto & Windus (UK)

ISBN:

978-0-701-18856-6

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Awards, Longlisted (2015)
Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award, Shortlisted (2015)

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