Lavinia

Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin

Leave it to Le Guin to elevate fan fiction to high art. Lavinia, little more than a prop in Virgil's 'Aeneid' (though a necessary one as babies were going to be wanted), is allowed to voice her thoughts and piety and tell the story of her life and her Latium. At the same time, Lavinia is aware that she is a character in a larger story, granted existence by way of a few lines of text.

The writing is beautiful and Le Guin evokes a pre-Roman Italy that, while a little too sophisticated and clean for accuracy, represents the Latium that Virgil imagined.