Blackass

by Igoni Barrett

KSh 1,600

“Here from his home in Nigeria is A. Igoni Barrett, one of the finest of the many fine writers coming from that country – and continent – whose work is now making itself more widely known. His dazzling novel, Blackass (Graywolf Press), is the story of Furo Wariboko, a man who awakens on the day of a job interview to discover that he has turned into a white man. What to do? “Blackass is a novel of hallucinatory brilliance: a reworking of Kafka’s Metamorphosis that feels as unbearably real to us today as the original did in its time. Very few novels have ever come this close to capturing how we inhabit our racial selves, and the mingled terror and fascination we feel at the idea of inhabiting another body. It’s a light, fleet-footed, playful, thoroughly enjoyable book, but be careful: it will scorch your fingers and singe your eyebrows.”
-Jess Row

“With this hilarious, nail-pointed satire, a devastating social parable brimming with humanity and heart, Barrett joins the ranks of the great tricksters: Alain Mabanckou, Joseph Heller, and Charles Johnson.”
-Marlon James. 

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Author: Igoni Barrett
ISBN: 978-0701188566
Publisher: Random House
Size (cm): 13.5 x 2 x 21.6
Pages: 272 pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black and White
Weight: 158.757 grams
Language: English
Publication Date: 9 July 2015

 

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Igoni Barrett (author)

About the author

A. Igoni Barrett was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 1979. He is the author of Blackass, as well as a winner of the 2005 BBC World Service Short Story Competition, the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Center Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Center Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. His short stories have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    sarahwanja8

    Great book, great author! Loved the immersive story line. Thank you Magunga for the prompt delivery!

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Igoni Barrett

A. Igoni Barrett was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 1979. He is the author of Blackass, as well as a winner of the 2005 BBC World Service Short Story Competition, the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Center Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Center Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. His short stories have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.