Video: Ursula K. Le Guin reads from “Lavinia”

The great author reads from one of her many masterpieces. “Lavinia” is a gorgeous, vivid, tragic and wild retelling of Virgil’s “Aeneid” from the point of view of Lavinia, the otherwise marginalized wife of the titular hero, Aeneas. Le Guin’s book is a great work of historical fiction, of feminist literature, and also, it is ultimately a weird tale with a head-stretching coda and a metafictional subtext that puts the title character and her poet progenitor in dialogue with each other. This is a sprawling, 40-minute video, so settle in, friends, and press “PLAY.”

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