from page103-104 of original text
collage, acrylic paint
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 682-683
Napoleon sets out on a course that will lead to the destruction of the French army in the depths of the Russian winter.
"No one will dispute that the cause of the destruction of Napoleon's French forces was, on the one hand, their advance late in the year, without preparations for a winter march, into the depths of Russia, and, on the other hand, the character that the war took on with the burning of Russian towns and the hatred of the foe aroused in the Russian people."