The Teleportation Accident

The Teleportation Accident

Book - 2012
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When you haven't had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone. If you're living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn't. But that's no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, the great Renaissance stage designer Adriano Lavicini; and why a handsome, clever, charming, modest guy like him can't, just once in a while, get himself laid. From the author of the acclaimed Boxer, Beetle comes a historical novel that doesn't know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can't remember what 'isotope' means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it.
Publisher: London :, Sceptre,, 2012.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 357 p. ;,22 cm

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Funny, chaotic, genre defying and the closest I got to reading the Man Booker shortlist (this was long-listed) Read and marvel at Ned Beauman's fearless experimentation and sheer joie de vivre. Pre-war Berlin, time travel, movies, Nazis and an iguana wearing a hat. Oh the madness!


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Banks_SusanC Nov 02, 2018

I read this book because I needed an e-book and needed one that instant. I'm not sure I would have picked it off a shelf. But I really enjoyed it for being offbeat and quirky. It's not often World War II can be funny.

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Marybeet2
Nov 01, 2018

Delightfully weird.

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lstaehling
May 29, 2013

Impenetrable. Very disappointing.

LRucchetto Feb 07, 2013

This is a very fun story. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and is full of plot twists that will stretch the imagination, as well as plenty of dry humour. The main character is certainly original and had a redeeming quality I couldn't put my finger on. If you figure it out let me know

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