from page 753-754 of original text
page 599-600 Pevear/Volokhonsky translation
I wish I had been paying more attention to the text when I did this collage. I would have had a dark background with a brilliant comet streaking across the page, lighter on one side black on the other to mark the end of Volume 1. But then, if I had, someone would say I was being slavishly literal.
I always feel the tension between just wanting to create a collage and wanting to illustrate the text. Mostly, when I'm in the studio I just want to make collages, but then when I'm reading W&P or looking back, I would have liked to have them all more like illustrations. Oh well...