Federica de Cesco: The writer sticks to the word “Indian”.

Grande Dame der Jugenliteratur Federica de Cesco:

“I stick to the word Indian”

Federica de Cesco created an international bestseller with “The Red Silk Scarf”. On the occasion of the 65th anniversary, the book is published in a revised edition with more intense love scenes.


Best-selling author Federica de Cesco in her apartment in Lucerne.


Flavia SchlittlerDeputy head of the people department

She is considered the grande dame of young adult literature. Federica de Cesco (84) was 15 years old when she wrote the novel “The Red Silk Scarf”. A love story between a rich white girl and a young Indian. Set in Arizona (USA) around the turn of the century, the novel was a guide for many European women who were forced into stereotypical patterns in the 1960s to break free and pursue their dreams. At least according to the feedback that the writer from Lucerne received.

And the novel was seen as bringing people together. Celebrating 65 years of success, with hundreds of thousands of books sold and translated into more than a dozen languages, the book now comes in a revised edition. “I intensified the love scenes in it,” de Cesco says of the Sunday look. “In the original version, the lovers held hands behind a cactus that was classified as adult at the time. Isn’t that crazy?” she said, laughing.

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