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Set designer Egon Loeser is a 'heedless and egotistical' Berliner. It is the 1930s and his city is gradually being occupied with Nazis, anti-Semitism, and book-burning. Loeser, however, has no interest in politics and when he leaves Berlin it is to follow a woman he is desperate to sleep with. His quest to get laid takes him to Paris and then Los Angeles, where he is aggrieved to find all the people he tried to avoid in Berlin:
"When Loeser heard the exiles whine, he sometimes thought to himself that he, too, had been dismissed from his vocation and forced out of his homeland. His vocation was sex. His homeland was the female body. He felt just as lost as they did, but no one was ever sympathetic."
As well as Loeser we meet a series of (mostly eccentric) characters, including an American con artist, various mad scientists, and a millionaire with a strange neurological disorder. Beauman stuffs his sprawling narrative with as many similes, jokes, and titbits of erudition as he can (Lucretius, Lovecraft, and monkey glands, among other things). These combine to form a funny, stimulating, and very rich book. Indeed some readers may find "The Teleportation Accident" too rich for their tastes: "It was one of those houses where even the tassels on the tassels had tassels on their tassels, which might have sounded like a trite joke if it hadn't in several cases been literally true." is a fairly typical sentence.
If you didn't enjoy Beauman's first novel Boxer, Beetle, then "The Teleportation Accident" won't be for you; however, those prepared to lose themselves in the product of Beauman's fizzing imagination and linguistic exuberance will have a great time.