Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Warner, Rex

(1905-1986) UK writer and translator whose early novels can be treated as Absurdist sf or as fantasy, the ambivalence tending to give an effect of the Uncanny; they are often cited as examples of the influence of Franz Kafka. In his first adult novel, The Wild Goose Chase (1937), three brothers chase a goose until they arrive in a surreal country, where they participate in an ambiguous revolution. The Aerodrome: A Love Story (1941) is a political Allegory set in an abstracted England. Why Was I Killed? (1943; vt Return of the Traveler 1944 US), a Posthumous Fantasy, begins to evince the diminution of writerly zest that, within a few more years, put an effective end to RW's career as a novelist of interest. He became noted instead for his translations of Aeschylus and Euripides and others; his later novels are historical. [JC]

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