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Annihilation 2017.

Human beings have created their own prisons. We created them in the belief that they would protect and help us grow. Rather than liberate our species we are in a relentless conflict with ourselves. Perhaps the cruellest construct of all is our imagination.

Annihilation explores the theme of self-destruction: emotional, physical and moral. Throughout the course of 17 new short stories the reader is mercilessly confronted and diverted with the horror and absurdity we call the human experience.

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In Annihilation you’ll meet the little chef whose search for perfection is mortally compromised by adults. You will encounter a lost soul whose musical taste is humiliated. You’ll come across a young man who is sentenced to 40 years in solitary confinement for ‘sighing’. You’ll observe a lonely woman whose conversations with Mozart reveal a bleak truth. You’ll meet a high-ranking official who prepares a nuclear attack on his daughter in order to spite her mother. You may pity the hostage whose escape into the imagination is unable to prepare him from the pain his radicalised captors are waiting to unleash. You’ll read the notes of an emotional masochist whose heartbreak and sense of entitlement annihilated every meaningful relationship he ever had and could have realised. You’ll be introduced to the boy forever lost in the past, unaware of time’s true passage and the motives of his family. You’ll float with the disembodied track suit in search of its owner. You’ll bump into others like them.

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In this deeply personal and fearless collection, written with a mix of brutality, humour, and emotional honesty we’re provoked to question whether destruction is a bizarre form of survival.

Annihilation is available online.

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