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In an imaginative, beautiful new novel, a famous author lends his voice to an epic heroine

of the Aeneid , hero fights to Virgil for her claim to be the daughter of King Lavinia, with whom she is supposed to found an empire. Lavinia doesn`t say a word herself. Now Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes us into the semi-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills.

Lavinia becomes growing up knowing nothing but peace and freedom until suitors come. Her mother wants her to marry the handsome, ambitious Round. But omens and prophecies uttered by sacred sources say that 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 ascend the Tiber, Lavinia decides to take her fate into her own hands. And so she tells us what Virgil did not do :. The story of her life and the love of her life

Lavinia is a book about passion and war, generous and rigorously beautiful, by a writer who works at maximum of its strength.

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