Saturday, November 20, 2010

Collage 248

The Russian army is still hungry - starving actually. When one of his conscripts tell Denisov that there's a supply train bringing food to an infantry unit nearby, he takes things into his own hands and hijacks it. Tolstoy's message is pretty clear. Denisov is the good guy, willing to risk his own career to make sure his troops stay fed. The bandaged soldier in the collage is James Norman Hall, born in
Colfax, Iowa, Grinnell graduate (1913ish?) and co-author of Mutiny on the Bounty, after he was shot down over France and captured by the Germans during ww1. (This
image was clipped from a recent Grinnell College Alumni magazine). Hall is also pretty close to what I imagine Denisov looking like. -- Otto

I would also like to give a "shout out" to Team Tolstoy friend Matt Kish whose project inspired ours. He graciously acknowledged our project on his blog One Drawing for Every Page of Moby Dick on Tuesday of this week. We never would have started had Lucy Arrington not found his blog late last year. She told me about it and is sparked an idea. The result of which is this project. We all follow Matt's blog every day. And encourage our readers to do so, too.

My not-so-secret fantasy is that Matt will one day contribute a collage to our project. That would be an amazing honor. So thanks Matt for doing what you do so well! -- Lola

Otto Mayr
from page 503-504 of original text
collage, acrylic paint
made 10/1/10
page 398-400 of Pevear/Volokhonsky translation

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