onsdag 12. april 2017

Dubie's Book List: Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett

My friend, Myhana, loaned me her copy of Blackass before she jetted off to her semester abroad in China. The book is a modern take on Kafka's Metamorphosis. Furo, A black Nigerian man, wakes up to find that his skin has turned white, with the exception of his butt which is still black. With this new skin colour comes a whole slew of new experiences and privileges. The book follows Furo as he decides how to approach this new identity.

"No one asks to be born, to be black or white or any colour in between and yet the identity a person is born into becomes the hardest to explain to the world."
- A. Igoni Barrett


I really enjoyed this story and think Barrett did a spectacular job of handling the nature of racial dynamics in a postcolonial West African nation. Highly recommended.

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