A unique insight into everything that passes under a security guard's gaze, which also serves as a searingly witty deconstruction of colonial legacies and capitalist consumption.

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, two generations of Ivoirians attempt to make their way as undocumented workers, taking shifts as security guards at a flour mill. This sharply satirical yet poignant tale draws on the author’s own experiences as an undocumented student in Paris. 

Standing Heavy was longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2023, announced on March 14, 2023.

The International Booker Prize 2023
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About the Author

GauZ' is an Ivorian author and journalist, the editor-in-chief of a satirical economic newspaper, and has also written screenplays and documentary films. 
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Frank Wynne

Frank Wynne

About the Translator

Frank Wynne is an award-winning Irish writer and translator from French and Spanish.
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