The Teleportation Accident Paperback
by Ned Beauman
NED BEAUMAN HAS BEEN NAMED AS ONE OF GRANTA MAGAZINE'S BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS 2013 LONGLISTED FOR THE 2012 MAN BOOKER PRIZE AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR A DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR AN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEAR The fantastically inventive, ingenious and hilarious second novel from Ned Beauman, author of the acclaimed and prizewinning BOXER, BEETLE.
HISTORY HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE HUNGOVER 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.
LET'S HOPE THE PARTY WAS WORTH IT
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 11/04/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340998441
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Review by riverwillow
What can I say about this other than read it? Well its a Smörgåsbord of a book, with lots of layers and multiple genres and several ideas all thrown into the mix. In another writer’s hands it could’ve been a confusing mess of a book, but Beauman holds it all together really well with very few slips.Through his main, self-obsessed and frankly unlikeable main character, Egon Loeser, Beauman explores the ideas and history of the mid-twentieth century, except well he doesn’t, Loeser is so self-absorbed that he doesn’t read the news, or bother with politics, so history happens off stage – in LA in 1935 Loeser is constantly confused when he is congratulated on his escape – while Loeser mulls about his non-existent sex life and about his favourite book, Midnight at the Nursing Academy.Its also very funny.Read it.
Review by polarbear123
Hilarious read and also tragic in turns this was one of those very few books I did not want to end the more I read. So much happens that it is impossible to describe the story here. Read it and you will not be disappointed. If you don't like it then there is something wrong with you.