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Initially a little intrigued, all babies eventually return the security guard’s smile.
The security guard adores babies. Perhaps because babies do not shoplift.
Babies adore the security guard. Perhaps because he does not drag babies to the sales.


Amidst the political bickering of the inhabitants of the Residence for Students from Côte d’Ivoire and the ever-changing landscape of French immigration policy, Ossiri, Ferdinand and Kassoum attempt to make their way in Paris as undocumented workers, taking shifts as security for a flour mill.

Meanwhile, in a Sephora on the Champs-Élysées, the all-seeing eye of a security guard observes the habits of those who come to worship at this church to consumerism.

A sharply satirical, funny and uncompromising portrait of French and Ivoirian societies, Standing Heavy is an unprecedented account of everything that passes under a security guard’s gaze.

Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

“A formidable keenness of observation and a sarcastic wit” La Croix
“Political satire with the air of a poetry slam” Stylist

Reviews

Under the guise of fun, the author shows the pathos of the buying fever in the West, mixing the madness of the sales with the history of Ivorians in Paris
Nouvel Observateur
Brutal, fierce and often awkward, this little book will feel like a body search
Lire
An alert, offbeat and indispensable book
La Nouvelle Vie Ouvrière
What an eye! Gauz saw everything, observed everything, analysed everything during his experiences as a security guard. He takes a dive in time and into the territory of the Ivorians of Paris. The whole French immigration policy emerges through this book . . . Fresh and witty
L'Express
A powerful book
Huma
Full of hilarious observations
Le Figaro
A formidable keenness of observation and a sarcastic wit
La Croix
A tender and ironic look at our consumer society
Marie-France
Gauz honours the sufferings, pitfalls and joys of the African community in Paris, by painting a grotesque portrait of our consumer society
Pèlerin
A cunning observer and a disenchanted protestor, Gauz makes shopping an ethnological mine, a priceless sketch and a combat sport
Elle
Gauz castigates the excesses of our society with a humorous first novel in which political satire takes on airs of a poetry slam
Stylist
I ended up laughing out loud
Huffington Post
Gauz casts a tender, yet lucid gaze on the African community. By devoting a book to the shadowy men of security, Gauz finally gives voice and life to those who, oddly enough, are invisible
Le Matricule des Anges