|Hortense in Exile (1990) [Novel]|
by Jacques Roubaud
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(From the publisher):
"There's something rotten in the Poldevian Principalities!" writes our beautiful heroine, Hortense, to her (and our) old redheaded friends, Laurie and Carlotta, from the faraway land of her fiancé, Prince Gormanskoi. "That dumb airhead has gone and landed herself in Hamlet
," Laurie concludes. Or is it, in reality, Hatmel
, the original Poldevian tale scandalously plagiarized by that British author?
But what's a poor fictional heroine to do, trapped in a foreign land that's actually six identical coexisting worlds? Will Blognard and Arapede, our intrepid investigators vacationing in Poldevia, rescue Hortense once again? Will Cyrandzoi, the Pony Prince, and Alexandre Vladimirovitch, the Cat Prince, be able to foil dastardly plagiarized plots of the hero's evil twin? Will even the intervention of the Publisher himself rescue us from the Author's tangled web? Perhaps the mysterious gentleman "tall, bald, distinguished, beaming with intelligence," in a ripped pullover and worn corduroy trousers, strangely reminiscent of a certain Jacques Roubaud, will come through in the nick of time? Or will Hortense, forlorn in exile, fall victim to the machinations recounted in the Author's deftly satiric, madcap prose? Finally, was Kant's Critique of Pure Reason actually stolen from the work of the great American philosopher Margaret Mitchell?
Original title: L’Exil d’Hortense
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor