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Fiction | Historical
In The Aeneid, Vergilâ€™s hero fights to claim the kingâ€™s
daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an
empire. Lavinia herself never speaks a word in the poem.
Now, Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel
that takes us to the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when
Rome was a muddy village near seven hills.
Lavinia grows up knowing nothing but peace and freedom,
until suitors come. Her mother wants her to marry handsome,
ambitious Turnus. But omens and prophecies spoken by the
sacred springs say she must marry a foreignerâ€”that she will
be the cause of a bitter warâ€”and that her husband will not
live long. When a fleet of Trojan ships sails up the Tiber,
Lavinia decides to make her own destiny, and she tells us
what Vergil did not: the story of her life, and of the love
of her life.
Lavinia is a book of love and war, generous and austerely
beautiful, from a writer working at the height of her
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