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!
The rights for the title are still available in Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Greece, Slovakia, etc.
Memory of Water
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.
MEMORY OF WATER
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