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The Red Sari

Publishing date:14/10/2008


In 1965 Sonia Maino, a 19 year old Italian student, meets a young Indian man named Rajiv Gandhi. She is the daughter of a humble family from the surroundings of Turin; he comes from the most powerful lineage in India. It is the beginning of a love story that not even death will be able to break. In the name of love, the Italian girl leaves her world and her past to blend into her new country, the prodigious India that worships twenty million gods, speaks eight hundred languages and votes for five hundred political parties. Her courage, integrity and devotion will end up turning her into a goddess to the eyes of a sixth part of humanity.


Highlights The Red Sari

More than 500,000 copies sold since its publication.

International Editions

Technical Data

Technical data

Publishing date: 14/10/2008

ISBN: 978-84-322-3179-7

Pages: 632

Imprint: Seix Barral

Rights sold

Bertelsmann (Germany), Karakter (The Netherlands), Planeta Manuscrito (Portugal), Planeta Brasil (Brazil), Euromedia (Czech Republic), Weltbild (Poland), Alnari (Serbia), Ikar (Slovakia), Prosvetno Delo AD-Skopje (Macedonia), Hermes (Bulgaria), Roli Books (English and Indian regional languages).

Audiovisual rights optioned.


With a journalistic language lively and easy to read, the book combines the behaviour inside the powerful family of the Nehru-Gandhis with the course of the Indian political life.

His previous book, Pasión india, sold more than 1,000,000 copies worldwide, and was translated into twelve languages.