The Teleportation Accident is a novel that’s hard to pin down.
It’s simultaneously highbrow, vocabulary-busting literature; sexually frustrated, debauched romance; hard-boiled crime; and ambitious science-fiction - and a lot more, besides. For the most part, though, the novel is exceptional; funny, wistful and impressively multi-faceted while losing nothing in the way of coherence. The plot does span some 17,000 years, but belief ought to be suspended when embarking upon Beauman’s second novel – thankfully, it’s worth it.
Egon Loeser is (near-eponymously) something of a loser – endlessly infatuated with the beautiful Adele Hitler in 1930s Berlin, he is sexually dilapidated, intellectually frustrated and, comically, aghast with the rise to prominence of a certain Bertolt Brecht. He flees Berlin – all the while ignorant of the simmering rise to prominence of the Nazis – pursuing the elusive Adele, meeting a colourful cast of characters on a journey that takes in Paris and Los Angeles.