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Publisher Description

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

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
AVAILABLE
2022
26 May
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
252
Pages
PUBLISHER
Quercus

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