Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin

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One of Le Guin's rare forays into historical fiction, Lavinia is a worthy precursor to the recent literary trend of giving voice to the often silent women of Roman and Greek history. The book is told from the first-person perspective of Lavinia, who was the future wife of Aeneas, ancestor of the founders of Rome, but a minor character in Virgil's epic poem the Aeneid. In a compelling metatextual twist, Lavinia is aware that she is a character in a larger story, even conversing with the shade of Virgil himself, and it is that clear voice and rich interior life--so sharply in contrast to the tumult and violence of Lavinia's surroundings--that's the central delight of this book.

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ISBN: 9780156033688
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 10th, 2009