The Weaver

Reading material

English edition
Finnish edition

Original title: Kudottujen kujien kaupunki

Published: 2015

Publisher: Teos

Class/genre: Fantasy & S/F

The tapestry of life may be more fragile than it seems: pull one thread, and all will unravel.

In The Weaver, human life has little value. You practice a craft to keep you alive, or you are an outcast, unwanted and tainted. Eliana is a young weaver in the House of Webs, but secretly knows she doesn’t really belong there. She is hiding a shameful birth defect that would, if anyone knew about it, land her in the House of the Tainted, a prison for those whose very existence is considered a curse.

When an unknown woman with her tongue cut off and Eliana’s name tattooed on her skin arrives at the House of Webs, Eliana discovers an invisible network of power behind the city’s facade. All the while, the sea is clawing the shores and the streets are slowly drowning.


RIGHTS SOLD:

Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
BRAZIL, Record
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA, Palitra L Publishing
GERMANY, Arctis
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media
ITALY, Sperling & Kupfer/Frassinelli
JAPAN, Nishimura Shoten
UK, HarperCollins/HarperVoyager
US, HarperCollins/HarperVoyager

 

Itäranta writes engagingly, displaying her setting and atypical characters in full color. Both seasoned readers of fantasy and newcomers to the genre will savor Itäranta’s captivating fiction. – Publishers Weekly starred review

A novel on exposing secrets and revealing corruption, The Weaver is a eco-science fiction at its most memorable. – Gender Genre blog

Emmi Itäranta


Emmi Itäranta (b.1976) holds two MA degrees, one in Drama and another in Creative Writing. Her award-winning debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) was published in Finland in 2012 to great accolades, followed by The Weaver (Kudottujen Kujien Kaupunki) in 2015. Itäranta’s writing has been compared to that of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Her honours include the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2013, the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize 2012 and first place in the Teos Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literary Contest 2011.

Memory of Water has also been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award recognizing the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2014, and the Golden Tentacle award. In addition, Itäranta has been included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

Rights to Memory of Water have been sold in 21 languages to date.

Itäranta’s cv is an eclectic mix of writing-related activities, including stints as a columnist, theatre critic, press officer and dramaturge. Her poems, short stories, articles and essays have appeared in anthologies, film magazines and science fiction magazines in the UK and Finland. She lives in Canterbury, in the United Kingdom.

Bibliography


Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water

2012, Fantasy & S/F

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