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Emmi Itaranta - Author

About the Author

Emmi Itäranta was born in Tampere, Finland, where she also grew up. She holds an MA in Drama from the University of Tampere and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Kent, UK, where she began writing her award-winning debut novel Teemestarin kirja (The Tea Master’s Book) under the title Memory of Water. Itäranta wrote the full text in both Finnish and English. In 2011, Teemestarin kirja won the Sci-fi and Fantasy Literary Contest organised by the Finnish publishing house Teos, and in the following years Memory of Water was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the 2014 James Tiptree, Jr Award, the Compton Crook Award, Golden Tentacle Award and Arthur C. Clarke Award. Itäranta’s professional background includes stints as a columnist, theatre critic, dramaturge, scriptwriter and press officer. She lives in Canterbury, UK, and has recently entered the strange world of writing full time.

 

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Featured books by Emmi Itaranta

Memory of Water

Memory of Water

Author: Emmi Itaranta Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2015

With the lyricism of Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO, and the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itaranta's effortless and poignant debut novel is a coming of age story full of emotional drama and wonderment. Some secrets demand betrayal. 'You're seventeen, and of age now, and therefore old enough to understand what I'm going to tell you,' my father said. 'This place doesn't exist.' 'I'll remember,' I told him, but didn't realise until later what kind of promise I had made. When Noria Kaitio reaches her seventeenth birthday, she is entrusted with the secret of a freshwater spring hidden deep within the caves near her small rural village. Its preservation has been the responsibility of her family for generations. Apprenticed to her father, one of the last true tea masters, when Noria takes possession of the knowledge, she become much more than the guardian of ancestral treasure; soon, she will hold the fate of everyone she loves in her hands.

Memory of Water

Memory of Water

Author: Emmi Itaranta Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/05/2014

With the lyricism of Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, and the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itaranta's effortless and poignant debut novel is a coming of age story full of emotional drama and wonderment. Some secrets demand betrayal. 'You're seventeen, and of age now, and therefore old enough to understand what I'm going to tell you,' my father said. 'This place doesn't exist.' 'I'll remember,' I told him, but didn't realise until later what kind of promise I had made. When Noria Kaitio reaches her seventeenth birthday, she is entrusted with the secret of a freshwater spring hidden deep within the caves near her small rural village. Its preservation has been the responsibility of her family for generations. Apprenticed to her father, one of the last true tea masters, when Noria takes possession of the knowledge, she become much more than the guardian of ancestral treasure; soon, she will hold the fate of everyone she loves in her hands.

Other books by Emmi Itaranta

Die Stadt der verbotenen Traume

Die Stadt der verbotenen Traume

Author: Emmi Itaranta Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2017

Eliana ist eine pflichtbewusste Weberin im prestigetrachtigen Haus der Spinnweben. Sie kann lesen und schreiben und sie kann traumen, eine Fahigkeit, die der "e;Rat"e; der Inselstadt strengstens untersagt. Niemand spricht uber die Traumer, die in der Gesellschaft geachtet werden. Eines Tages wird ein junges Madchen bewusstlos aufgefunden. Der einzige Hinweis auf ihre Identitat ist ein Wort, das auf ihre Handflache tatowiert wurde: Eliana. Als Eliana sich dem Geheimnis des Madchens nahert, beginnt das Lugengebaude der Obrigkeit zu brockeln.

City of Woven Streets

City of Woven Streets

Author: Emmi Itaranta Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2016

'Where itaranta shines is in her understated but compelling characters' Red star review (for MEMORY OF WATER), Publishers Weekly. The tapestry of life may be more fragile than it seems: pull one thread, and all will unravel. In the City of Woven Streets, 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.

Memory of Water

Memory of Water

Author: Emmi Itaranta Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2015

With the lyricism of Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO, and the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itaranta's effortless and poignant debut novel is a coming of age story full of emotional drama and wonderment. Some secrets demand betrayal. 'You're seventeen, and of age now, and therefore old enough to understand what I'm going to tell you,' my father said. 'This place doesn't exist.' 'I'll remember,' I told him, but didn't realise until later what kind of promise I had made. When Noria Kaitio reaches her seventeenth birthday, she is entrusted with the secret of a freshwater spring hidden deep within the caves near her small rural village. Its preservation has been the responsibility of her family for generations. Apprenticed to her father, one of the last true tea masters, when Noria takes possession of the knowledge, she become much more than the guardian of ancestral treasure; soon, she will hold the fate of everyone she loves in her hands.

Teemestarin kirja

Teemestarin kirja

Author: Emmi Itaranta Format: eBook Release Date: 15/03/2013

Maailmasta on loppumassa vesi. Suunnattoman katastrofin - ehka ilmastonmuutoksen, ehka jonkin muun - lapikaynyt ihmiskunta sinnittelee veden vahyyden ja sen saannostelya hallitsevan diktatuurin vallan alla. Vain kaatopaikoille hautautunut teknologia ja teemestarien sukupolvien ajan pitamat paivakirjat muistuttavat entisista ajoista. Noria on teemestarien sukua, ja pian on hnen vuoronsa ottaa vastaan tysivaltaisen teemestarin arvo - ja edeltjiens tarkkaan varjelema salaisuus. Aikana, jona veden ktkeminen on rikoksista pahin, sotilasvallan katseet kiinnittyvt vistmtt teemestarin taloon... Emmi Itrannan esikoisromaani "e;Teemestarin kirja"e; on harvinaisen uskottava ja pelottava kuvaus mahdollisesta tulevaisuudestamme. Samalla Itrannan kieli on kuitenkin kuulasta, tarkkaa ja paisuttelematonta. Kirjalle mynnettiin Kalevi Jntin palkinto 2012 ja sen knnsoikeudet on myyty useisiin maihin.

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