The snow, the emptiness, Anna’s stillness, and us standing there together, pretending we were helpless to save her.
Anna’s greatest artwork would have also been her last: live-streaming her death of exposure on a remote stretch of tundra. Part love triangle, part meditation on performance art, and part archival document of a creative prodigy, this genre-bending short novel is an intelligent and emotionally resonant work from a bold and ambitious new literary voice.
The End, by Anna is available digitally via Kobo here.
Adam Zachary (1993–present) is an artist, editor, and writer in Toronto.
First edition, first printing
Cover design by Adam Zachary
Edited by Jay Ritchie
“The End, by Anna is glorious literature for our post-internet age. Queer, subversive, with a delicate melancholy that has stared at the screen for long enough and now wants to embrace the world. Literature as performance but better than that. This short book has all the space it needs to cut us to the quick.”
– Jacob Wren, author of Rich & Poor
“The End, by Anna goes beyond our reality to become something that straddles art, literature, poetry, and pure sensation. I read it in one big gulp.”
– Jess Taylor, author of Pauls
“Inventive, fiercely intelligent, startling. Adam Zachary delivers everything I hoped for and more.”
– Sofia Banzhaf, author of Pony Castle
Press + Reviews + Interviews
“I think my fiction is only successful when I treat it as non-fiction; when I imagine an altered version of myself sitting and writing the story of their life as honestly as possible. The End’s narrator is often unreliable, but not as far as they know. In doing that, I want to try to never shy from saying what things actually are and what is really happening. If subtlety escapes me, so be it.”
“[T]his is a quick hit of fiction and it’s just the right length: mess without maudlin, the white-hot burn of young ambition, the shimmer of spectacle before it’s all cut short.”
“Vibrant and experimental, it is a true success in fiction writing by a self-proclaimed poet, whose work addresses the fundamental question: What does it mean to make good art?”
“That a novel expressing so much lack of sentiment about death can make the reality of a death so shocking, carry the horror and ugly finality of it into the text, is powerful.”
“…an elegant and radical little read, stuffing questions of poetry, art and performance into just 100 pages.”
“This novel by Adam Zachary is a piece of art. Zachary is astounding.”
“The End, by Anna is easily one of my favourite reads of the year. So beautifully compact, and with multidirectional reverberations arcing beyond the limits of the page (…) not to mention the artful deployment of that certain level of viscera I so crave and admire in Adam Zachary’s work. This book has had me considering what, if anything, artists owe the world/their work/their selves.”
– Rasiqra Revulva