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The Moonday Letters

Translated from the original Finnish
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Sol has disappeared. Their Earth-born wife Lumi sets out to find them but it is no simple feat: each clue uncovers another enigma. Their disappearance leads back to underground environmental groups and a web of mystery that spans the space between the planets themselves. Told through letters and extracts, the course of Lumi’s journey takes her not only from the affluent colonies of Mars to the devastated remnants of Earth, but into the hidden depths of Sol’s past and the long-forgotten secrets of her own. Part space-age epistolary, part eco-thriller, and a love story between two individuals from very different worlds.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Emmi
Itäranta

Emmi Itäranta’s writing has been compared to that of Ursula K. Le Guin, and her first novel, Memory of Water, has been translated into 21 languages and was also nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award recognizing the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2014, and the Golden Tentacle award. In addition, Itäranta has been included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. She is based in Finland and tweets @emmi_elina

Emmi Itäranta’s writing has been compared to that of Ursula K. Le Guin, and her first novel, Memory of Water, has been translated into 21 languages and was also nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award recognizing the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2014, and the Golden Tentacle award. In addition, Itäranta has been included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. She is based in Finland and tweets @emmi_elina

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Emmi
Itäranta

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

This Finnish scifi novel tells an impressive story about the future after environmental crisis. The structure of the book is interesting, and the beautiful, individual language shows Itäranta’s true talent as a writer. The novel challenges reader to think about our future on new perspective and evokes consciousness about environmental issues.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
05/07/2022
Country
Finland
Original Language
Finnish
Publisher
Titan Books
Translator
Emmi Itäranta
Translation
Translated from the original Finnish
Nominating Library
Borrow this book from Libraries Ireland

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