After the Century of Dusk, the world is no longer as we know it. Storms have torn apart continents, polar ice caps have melted, and the Chinese New Qian rules over Scandinavia. Following ecological catastrophes caused by oil wars, the most precious resource is water – and water crime is punished by death. In this post-technological world, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio becomes a tea master - an esteemed position that carries great responsibility and comes with a well-guarded secret: knowledge of the sources of fresh water. However, when the Kaitio family falls apart, Noria must decide whether to follow the mysterious path of her ancestors or embark on a forbidden exploration of the Lost Lands with her only friend, Sanja.
In her debut novel, "Memory of Water," Finnish writer Emmi Itäranta tells a tale of a world that has emerged as a consequence of our wrong choices. She does so imaginatively, yet thoughtfully, with lyrical prose, and as a cautionary tale. By narrating an exciting future that is difficult to envision from our own perspective, this dystopian novel has already captivated readers with translations into over twenty world languages.
“Where Itäranta shines is in her rejection of conventional plots and in her understated but compelling characters. The work is a deceptively tranquil examination of a world of dust and ashes where the tenacious weed of hope still survives.”
“A poetic and melancholy debut.”