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The Teleportation Accident,
This review is from: The Teleportation Accident (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Berlin 1931 and theatrical designer Egon Loeser is busy trying to perfect his teleportation device, based on a 17th century design by Adriano Lavicini. The device is intended to transport actors around a stage set in double quick order, however his plans suffer a setback when an actor is injured during trials of the device. His interest in the device comes an abrupt halt when he encounters Adele Hitler (no relation)and he becomes determined to have sex with her. His obsession takes him to Paris and then on to Los Angeles where, quite by accident, he becomes embroiled with big business, university research and local politicians, murder and espionage. The penultimate chapter of the book takes us back to Berlin in 1962 where we think the story winds up nicely, the sting in the tail, however, is the last chapter which takes place in Los Angeles in the year 19310, and no that isn't a typing error!
To reveal more would spoil the book for any would-be reader so I'll leave it there.
This is author Ned Beauman's second novel and has left me wanting to seek out his first. The book is baffling to begin with but leads you into drunkenness, sex, science fiction and violence. It is at the same time, funny but very unsteady. Worth a read.