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Blackass

Blackass

(2015)
A novel by

 

"A major talent."
Teju Cole


Furo Wariboko, a young Nigerian, awakes the morning before a job interview to find that he's been transformed into a white man. In this condition he plunges into the bustle of Lagos to make his fortune. With his red hair, green eyes, and pale skin, it seems he's been completely changed. Well, almost. There is the matter of his family, his accent, his name. Oh, and his black ass.

Furo must quickly learn to navigate a world made unfamiliar and deal with those who would use him for their own purposes. Taken in by a young woman called Syreeta and pursued by a writer named Igoni, Furo lands his first-ever job, adopts a new name, and soon finds himself evolving in unanticipated ways.

A. Igoni Barrett's Blackass is a fierce comic satire that touches on everything from race to social media while at the same time questioning the values society places on us simply by virtue of the way we look. As he did in Love Is Power, or Something Like That, Barrett brilliantly depicts life in contemporary Nigeria and details the double-dealing and code-switching that are implicit in everyday business. But it's Furo's search for an identity - one deeper than skin - that leads to the final unraveling of his own carefully constructed story.

 
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Paperback Editions

March 2016 : USA Paperback
Title: Blackass: A Novel
Author(s): A Igoni Barrett
ISBN: 1-55597-733-2 / 978-1-55597-733-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: Blackass
Author(s): A Igoni Barrett
ISBN: 0-7011-8856-1 / 978-0-7011-8856-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Availability: Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

September 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: Blackass: A Novel
Author(s): A Igoni Barrett
ISBN: 1-5318-6384-1 / 978-1-5318-6384-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: Blackass: A Novel
Author(s): A Igoni Barrett
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

March 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Blackass: A Novel
Author(s): A Igoni Barrett
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

February 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Blackass (Excerpt) (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading)
Author(s): A Igoni Barrett
Publisher: Electric Literature
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2015 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Blackass
Author(s): A Igoni Barrett
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   


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