in The Aeneid, Vergil's hero fights to claim the king'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 foreigner--that she will be the cause
of a bitter war--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 powers.
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Ursula K. Le Guin
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