This may be the final page, the one I write after everything has already happened. The one I will tear out at the end of the notebook and place between the cover and the blank title page. The first word on it is your name: that way you will know at once the sentences on the upcoming pages are for you as much as they are for myself.
It is the morning after everything.
From where I sit, I can see the dust-grey plain and the hills that yield to its shadows, the bare slopes of craters. The moonscape is lifeless as a sea turned to stone, unless you count the remote glow of the dome village, near-invisible. The horizon runs across the desert as a black brush-stroke. At the bottom edge of the sky made from night floats the rising Earth, its outlines clear and air-light. The cloud-rime on its surface looks rigid against blue and yellow and brown. It reminds me of the first frost of winter that stalls the fallen leaves on the surface of a pond.
It is as if there is more green than yesterday. It must be my imagination. It is too early yet.
“In each of her novels Itäranta has shown herself to be an interesting and skilled literary voice, a creator of imaginary story worlds. A leap forward is accomplished in The Moonday Letters. The novel fascinates with its multiple layers and touches the reader through its themes even more than Memory of Water or The City of Woven Streets.” (Kaisa Kurikka, Turun Sanomat newspaper)
Kuunpäivän kirjeet (The Moonday Letters) is now out in Finnish.
Emmi Itäranta’s award-winning third novel The Moonday Letters has been acquired by British publisher Titan Books and is due to be released in English in 2022. Recorded Books will simultaneously publish the novel as an audiobook in the US.
The translation rights of The Moonday Letters have also been sold to Metropolis in Hungary. They have previously published Memory of Water and The City of Woven Streets in Hungarian.
Emmi Itäranta’s third novel The Moonday Letters (Kuunpäivän kirjeet) has won the Tähtivaeltaja Award for the best science fiction novel published in the Finnish language in 2020. The jury described the book as follows:
“The book, crisp and flowing in terms of style, is an epistolary novel consisting of the messages its main character, Finnish-born Lumi Salo, writes to her spouse who works far away. The accomplished narration blends several timelines and fragments of history, news material, research knowledge and even advertisements. These form a many-stranded, consistent picture of humanity that has spread out to the Moon, Mars, space stations and gas giant satellites.”
On Monday January 25th 2021 from 6 to 7 PM Emmi will be virtual-visiting Kirjasaari at the City Library of Oulu to talk about The Moonday Letters, multilingual writing, climate change and writing in general. She will be interviewed by librarian Jaana Märsynaho.
On Monday December 28th Järvenpää library and Lukukeskus wlll be hosting a virtual author visit with Emmi. You can attend without leaving your home, provided you have access to a computer, webcam, microphone and internet connection. The audience size is limited to the first 60 to sign up. This event will be in Finnish. More information about the event and how to sign up can be found here.