May’s Book: The Teleportation Accident, by Ned Beauman

by Jamie Klingler

We’ve reverted to fascist rule this month, and unilaterally selected May’s book – The Teleportation Accident, by Ned Beauman. Beauman has been lauded with all sorts of accolades and nominations recently, so it should make for a good read. The blurb:

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.

We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, 29th May at 7pm. Please note that THERE IS A CHANGE OF VENUE. This time, we will be meeting at The Distillers, 66 West Smithfield: http://smithfield.thedistillerspub.com/Default.aspx. The nearest tube is still Farringdon, so it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch. The lovely Scott has also said that as a welcome, they’ll give a 25% discount on food ordered from the a la carte menu.

Happy reading.

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