Serbian rights sold for Emmi Itäranta’s MEMORY OF WATER! Now 25 territories for this award-winning title!

We are thrilled to announce that the Serbian rights for MEMORY OF WATER, the award-winning title by internationally bestselling author Emmi Itäranta have been acquired by Heliks! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Heliks praised the title for showing that even in the darkest of environments and times, the best traits of humanity can survive and spark hope:

Unexpected heroine in the harsh, oppressive world devastated by an environmental disaster. Courage has many faces, and in this extraordinary dystopia for all generations, it has the face of young Noria, with a different kind of strength, quiet and nurturing. Truly inspiring coming of age story about loyalty, self-sacrifice and hope in the face of hard choices.
– Ana Ješić, editor, Heliks Publishing House, Serbia

Download the full English PDF for MEMORY OF WATER here!


Emmi Itäranta’s captivating and award-winning debut novel has been sold to 25 territories! The film based on MEMORY OF WATER, titled “VEDEN VARTIJA”, was released in Finland in September to starred reviews and great success!

Watch the trailer for the film here!

The rights for the title are still available in Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Greece, Slovakia, etc.


Memory of Water

Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water is a story of growing up, of the power of friendship – and, above all, of undying hope in a wrecked world.

Emmi Itäranta‘s debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) won the Teos Fantasy and Sci-fi Literary Contest in 2011 and earned her the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for young authors, worth 16.000 euros, in December 2012. She also received the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013.

The story is set in a drought-ravaged, war-ridden future world where fresh water has become the privilege of a few and tea masters have been keepers of natural springs for centuries. Memory of Water tells of seventeen-year-old Noria, set to become the next tea master in her village. When her father dies, she finds herself alone with the dangerous responsibility of guarding a hidden spring that can save lives – or provoke people to kill.

As war spreads into her homeland, Noria’s loyalties are torn between keeping her duty and helping her dearest friend Sanja, whose family can barely survive on their water rations. Together the girls unearth knowledge about the past that has remained buried too long and begin to plan a journey to the Lost Lands, forbidden areas that might hold unexplored water resources.

Yet the web of the military is closing in on Noria’s secret. Sanja disappears mysteriously, and Noria is placed under house arrest. Knowing her own life is in danger, Noria must face a choice in order to secure the hidden information for others.


Teemestarin kirja
Teos, November 2012, 266 pp.

Rights sold: FINLAND: Teos (orig.)

ARABIC: Dar Al Muna, BRAZIL: Record, BULGARIA: Perseus, CHINA: Sichuan People’s Publishing House, CROATIA: VBZ, CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Plus, DENMARK: Turbine, ESTONIA: Koolibri, FRANCE: Place des Editeurs, GEORGIA: Palitra L Publishing, GERMANY: DTV/Reihe Hanser, HUNGARY: Metropolis Media, ITALY: Piemme, JAPAN: Nishimura Shoten, KOREA: The Book In My Life, LATVIA: Janis Roze, LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto, NORWAY: Gresvik Forlag, RUSSIA: Text Publishers, SERBIA: Heliks, SPAIN: Ediciones B., SWEDEN: Modernista, TURKEY: Dogan Egmont, WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins, FILM & TV: Bufo
Reading materials: Full English PDF

About author

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. Her latest novel The Moonday Letters (Kuunpäivän kirjeet) was published in September 2020.

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 sold to over 25 languages to date, and it 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 Otherwise Award (formerly James Tiptree, Jr. Award).

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 now lives in Finland after 14 years in the United Kingdom.


2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Moonday Letters

Emmi Itäranta

2015, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Weaver

Emmi Itäranta

2012, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Memory of Water

Emmi Itäranta