Blackass by A. Igoni Barret – Opeyemi Razak Oyadiran

TITLE: BLACKASS
AUTHOR: A. IGONI BARRET
PUBLISHER: GRAYWOLF
PUBLICATION DATE: MARCH 1 2016
GENRE: FICTION
FORMAT: PAPERBACK
NO OF PAGES: 272
Blackass is a boisterous dark comedy  filled with satirical insights on contemporary Nigeria that is pure Igoni, race, social media and its shallowness and mockery of the duplicity that is human nature, all set in the Lagos, the metropolis of Nigeria. There is a Kafkaesque link with Furo’s transformation from black to white but unlike George Samsa, the protagonist of Kafka’s Metamorphosis who wakes up an insect and his life goes downhill from there, Furo Wariboko’s journey of reconciling and taking advantage of his new skin and identity is a riotous one. From his buka escapades to job interviews swinging his way, his meeting with Igoni who later transforms into Morpheus, his entanglement with the beautiful, street smart but soft hearted Street and the painful bleaching of his robustly black buttocks, there will laughter and deep sighs and eventually a hint of repulsion or perhaps empathy on Furo’s descent into palpable shallowness and selfishness. The Climax where Furo’s awaited past and neglected family finally walks through the door leads into endless possibilities.

 

 

By Opeyemi Razak Oyadiran

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