Hortense in Exile

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Set to marry Gormanskoï, the Premier Prince Presumptive, our beautiful heroine Hortense has been exiled to Queneau'stown, where she finds herself in a real-life production ofHamlet — or is itHatmel, the original Poldevian tale scandalously plagiarized by that Englishman William Shahkayspear? Something is definitely amiss in the Poldevian Principalities, and if her loyal friends can't rescue her or foil the plagiarized plots of her evil twin, she may require intervention from the Author and Publisher — those ...

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Set to marry Gormanskoï, the Premier Prince Presumptive, our beautiful heroine Hortense has been exiled to Queneau'stown, where she finds herself in a real-life production ofHamlet — or is itHatmel, the original Poldevian tale scandalously plagiarized by that Englishman William Shahkayspear? Something is definitely amiss in the Poldevian Principalities, and if her loyal friends can't rescue her or foil the plagiarized plots of her evil twin, she may require intervention from the Author and Publisher — those unlikely cohorts responsible for bringing this deftly satiric, madcap adventure to light.

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"For anyone whose mind has wandered while perusing France's more tedious linguistic moil, Hortense will restore faith in the nation's esprit." — PW

Dalkey Archive Press

"This delightfully unconventional novel, Roubard's third work featuring Hortense, takes up where Hortense Is Abducted left off." — LJ

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite the trials she suffered during the course of Our Beautiful Heroine and Hortense Is Abducted , the voluptuous Hortense is back, this time as the fiancee of the Poldevian Presumed Premier Prince. Her Prince Gormanskoi, however, finds himself playing the role of Hamlet, leaving Hortense alone with only the cat sage Alexandresic Vladimirovitch standing between her and inevitable misadventure. Poldevia, a land ``populated, very likely since the Neolithic Age, by bandits and mustaches,'' is not one world but six co-existent worlds, one of which is under the sway of a prince whose evil intentions have carried over from Hortense Is Abducted . What next? It hardly matters. For Roubaud, a French mathematics professor and member of OuLiPo ( Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle ), the question is not where you're going but how you get there. His route is strewn with epenthesesOK , anagrams, songs, references to fellow Oulipians and asides--from commentator, printer, publisher, author, reviewer and the novel itself. For anyone whose mind has wandered while perusing France's more tedious linguistic moil, Hortense will restore faith in the nation's esprit . (July)
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This delightfully unconventional novel, Roubard's third work featuring Hortense, takes up where Hortense Is Abducted LJ 6/15/89 left off . The attractive young fiancee of Prince Gormanskoi of Poldavia, Hortense enjoys a sexy romp through myriad subplots among a cast of characters mirroring those in various Shakespearean plays, most notably Hamlet. Her trials and tribulations in this imaginary kingdom incorporate mathematical permutations and extrapolations that suggest the French author's mathematical background. As the plot lurches along, nothing is sacred; Roubard lambastes a wide range of earthly concerns, including the environment, libraries, sartorial convention, and male chauvinism. These pungent asides, which in fact constitute the heart of the book, will tickle the ribs of readers willing to contend with the convoluted plot. The author hints at a sequel. Recommended for public and academic libraries. --Mary Ellen Beck, Troy P.L., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564782557
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacques Roubaud (born 1932 in Caluire-et-Cuire, Rhône) is a French poet and mathematician, and a member of the Oulipo group. He has also published poetry, plays, novels, and translated English poetry and books into French such as Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark.

Roubaud's fiction often suppresses the rigorous constraints of the Oulipo (while mentioning their suppression, thereby indicating that such constraints are indeed present), yet takes the Oulipian self-consciousness of the writing act to an extreme. This simultaneity both appears playfully, with his Hortense novels, Our Beautiful Heroine, Hortense in Exile, and Hortense is Abducted, and with the gravity and reflection of the writing act as the affirmation of one's worth and existence in The Great Fire of London, considered the pinnacle of his prose.

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