Annihilation explores the theme of self-destruction: emotional, physical and moral. Over the course of 17 new short stories Winstanley's anesthetised protagonists slip in and out of consciousness, momentarily haunting reality, living their lives through others, distracted by the prisons of superstition and the illusion of comfort. The reader is mercilessly confronted and diverted with the horror and absurdity we call the human experience.
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 and more.
In this fearless collection, written with a mix of brutality, humour and emotional honesty we’re provoked to question if destruction is a bizarre form of survival. Are we intrinsically dishonest? To what end?