Italian rights renewed for Emmi Itäranta’s MEMORY OF WATER!

We are thrilled to announce that the Italian rights for MEMORY OF WATER, the award-winning title by internationally bestselling author Emmi Itäranta have been renewed by Sperling and Kupfer / Mondadori!

The movie based on the title, premiered in Finland this fall, will be screened in Italy early 2023. The deal was closed by Elsa Lindström at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Watch the trailer for the film here!

Sperling praised the internationally bestselling title:
“A powerful and imaginative story, an author, like Margaret Atwood or David Mitchell, who recreates ourselves and our worst fears and tells us about worlds as distant and unreal as they are very close to us.”

Recently, the title was also sold to Serbia:

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

The rights to MEMORY OF WATER have sold to 25 territories, including Wolrd English by HarperCollins! Rights are still available in Germany, Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Greece, Portugal etc!

Download the full English PDF for MEMORY OF WATER here!

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, the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize in 2012 and the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013.

The story, set in a drought-ravaged, future world where fresh water has become the privilege of a few, follows 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
CHINA: Sichuan People’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Plus
DENMARK: Turbine
ESTONIA: Koolibri
FRANCE: Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA: Palitra L Publishing
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media
ITALY: Sperling & Kupfer/Mondadori
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: English edition

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