|Imaginary Life, an (1978) [Novel]|
by David Malouf
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(From the publisher):
In the first century A.D., Publius Ovidius Naso
, the most urbane and irreverent poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea.
Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impale their dead and converse with the spirit world. But then he becomes the guardian of a still more savage creature, a feral child who has grown up among deer. What ensues is a luminous encounter between civilization and nature, as enacted by a poet who once cataloged the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it.
Original title: An Imaginary Life
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Rome