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Book Review: 2012 Long Listed: Ned Beauman’s The Teleportation Accident (Review #2)

The_Teleportation_AccidentRating: 4.5
The Teleportation Accident
A Novel by Ned Beauman
2012 / 357 Pages

The Setup: DON’T LET THIS BOOK DISTRACT YOU.

This dazzlingly ambitious, furiously original and deftly offensive new novel from author of the acclaimed Boxer, Beetle follows Egon Loeser – avant garde theatre set designer; sex-starved, lust-infused egotist; and all-round total prick. Beginning in 1930s Berlin and spanning the grubbiness and glamour of pre-War Paris and L.A., we follow Loeser’s obsessive quest to re-create the perfect stage trick, the great Lavacini’s Extraordinary Mechanism for the Almost Instantaneous Transport of Persons from Place to Place (better known as the Teleportation Device) – and to screw the perfect woman, one Adele Hitler.

Aside from Loeser’s olympically dull friends, we’ll meet Scramsfield, a dissembling Bostonian recovering from a botched suicide pact; Colonel Gorge, who suffers from a bizarre condition known as ontological agnosia; and Bailey, a distinguished physicist working on a Teleportation Device of a different, and much more sinister, nature.

The Teleportation Accident is a stunningly inventive novel about evasion and distraction; love, lust, sex and desire; transport, teleportation and time-travel; and the chilling disconnect between imagination and reality.

BY THE TIME YOU FINISH READING THIS YOU MAY BE SOMEWHERE ELSE. (from the hardcover edition)

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