Memory of Water

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‘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.

The world is a landscape of drought and risen seas. A military regime controls the remaining freshwater resources with an iron grip.

In the far north, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio is the last in the long line of tea masters. She must soon take responsibility for a secret carefully guarded by her predecessors: her family has been caring for a hidden freshwater spring for generations.

As the army turns its attention towards the tea master’s house, Noria learns that knowledge and power are irrevocably connected – and that her choices will determine the fate of everyone she loves.

Some secrets demand betrayal.

Memory of Water is Emmi Itäranta’s award-winning speculative fiction debut novel, which she wrote simultaneously in English and Finnish. It was published to high praise in Finland in 2012, drawing comparisons to the works of Ursula K. Le Guin and Margaret Atwood. Memory of Water went on to win the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for young authors and the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013. It was also shortlisted for the Tähtivaeltaja Award in 2013. The translation rights have been sold in 21 territories to date. Memory of Water is available in English from HarperCollins in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

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English

Title 
Memory of Water (US)
Translator 
Emmi Itäranta
Publisher 
HarperVoyager
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English

Title 
Memory of Water (UK)
Translator 
Emmi Itäranta
Publisher 
HarperVoyager
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Amazon UK
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English

Title 
Memory of Water (UK paperback)
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Emmi Itäranta
Publisher 
HarperVoyager
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Waterstones
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Finnish

Title 
Teemestarin kirja
Translator 
Emmi Itäranta
Publisher 
Teos
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Finnish

Title 
Teemestarin kirja (paperback)
Translator 
Emmi Itäranta
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Teos
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Teos
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Arabic

Title 
حراس المياه
Translator 
Ala Eddin Abu Zeineh
Publisher 
Dar al Muna
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Bulgarian

Title 
Книгата на чаения майстор
Translator 
Rositsa Tsvetanova
Publisher 
Perseus
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Czech

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Strážkyně pramene
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Michal Švec
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Plus / Albatros Media
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Danish

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Vandets vogter
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Birgita Bonde Hansen
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Turbine Førlaget
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Estonian

Title 
Vesi mäletab
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Kadri Jaanits
Publisher 
Kirjastus Koolibri
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French

Title 
Fille de l'eau
Translator 
Martin Carayol
Publisher 
Place des Editeurs
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Georgian

Title 
წყლის საიდუმლო
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Dimitri Gogolashvili
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Palitra L
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German

Title 
Der Geschmack von Wasser
Translator 
Anu Stohner
Publisher 
Reihe Hanser / DTV
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Hungarian

Title 
A teamesternő könyve
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Csilla Varjasi
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Metropolis Media
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Italian

Title 
La memoria dell’acqua
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Nicola Rainò
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Frassinelli
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Japanese

Title 
水の継承者 ノリア
Translator 
Hiroko Suenobu
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Nishimura Shoten
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Korean

Title 
To be announced
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The Book in My Life
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Latvian

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Ūdens atmiņa
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Maima Grīnberga
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Jānis Roze
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Lithuanian

Title 
To be announced
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Nieko Rimto
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Norwegian

Title 
Kildens vokter
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Morten Abildsnes
Publisher 
Gresvik Forlag
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Portuguese

Title 
Memória da Água
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Liliana Negrello and Christian Schwartz
Publisher 
Record / Galera
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Russian

Title 
Дневник чайного мастера
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Jevgeni Bogdanov
Publisher 
Text Publishers
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Spanish

Title 
La memoria del agua
Translator 
Eduardo Iriarte
Publisher 
Ediciones B
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Swedish

Title 
Minnen av vatten
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Camilla Frostell
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Modernista
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April 2017
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Turkish

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Su Unutmaz
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Can Yapalak
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Dogan Egmont
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