The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
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...a confounding sci-fi-noir-comedy mashup overstuffed with astute social observations...
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Synopsis

When you haven't had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen.

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 theaters of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: Was it really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, Renaissance set designer Adriano Lavicini, creator of the so-called Teleportation Device? And why is it that a handsome, clever, modest guy like him can't-just once in a while-get himself laid?

From Ned Beauman, 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.
 

About Ned Beauman

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Ned Beauman was born in 1985 and studied philosophy at Cambridge University. He has written for the Guardian, the Financial Times, AnOther magazine, Dazed & Confused, and several other magazines and newspapers. Beauman lives in New York.
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA. 369 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Joe Dunthorne on Jul 26 2012

...the setting up of various false leads, reveals and tricks are worth it for the brilliant finale.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer Reese on Feb 28 2013

...a confounding sci-fi-noir-comedy mashup overstuffed with astute social observations...

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Time Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Cosgrove on Feb 26 2013

...at the very heart of the book’s appeal is Beauman’s gift for the preposterous, conveyed in language and imagery that brings to mind...great — and now largely forgotten — American humorists of the last century...

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