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Jon Day Reviews Blackass by A Igoni Barrett

BlackassVerdict: carrot

As well as being a fable about race and identity, Blackass is in large part a love letter to Lagos, which emerges as a maddening but ultimately beguiling city, filled equally with conmen and Samaritans. Barrett is wonderful on the sensory overload, on “the familiar smell of Lagos motor parks, marijuana and tobacco smoke mingled with the stench of petrochemicals and moonshine alcohol and human effluence”.

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