What a great book. The characters are brilliant, the dialogue witty and darkly humorous and self deprecating all in one, and it’s one of those books that you not only enjoy fully, but if you’re a writer you finish it and feel inspired and improved. That’s how I felt anyway. The Teleportation Accident is more of a literature readers book than a novel lovers book but it manages to deliver on many levels. Amazing to think the author is isn’t even thirty yet.
The story is based around Egon Loeser who works in the Berlin theatre before Adolf gains command. Unable to get over his inability to get laid, he goes in search of the one woman he loves, to Paris and then Los Angeles. Misfortune and adventure beckon and there is a cast of fantastic people throughout the 350 pages that’ll keep you riveted as Loeser tries to get his doomed play shown in LA. At times depraved and in the gutter, at others refined and noble there is always something to keep you interested.
It was in the running for the Man Booker Prize. It is easy to see why – the writing is flawless. Funnily enough the only disappointing thing was the ending but even then mildly so. It could have lost 40 pages and still been excellent. I feel it’s a bit of a modern classic.