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? Only readers of Hortense in Exile will know for sure.
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