Friday, August 5, 2011

Collage 486

This is a very long passage where Tolstoy argues that military commanders really have no idea what is going on during battle.

"The soldiers of the French army went to kill Russian soldiers in the battle of Borodino not as the result of Napoleon's orders but by their own will. The whole army -- the French, the Italians, the Germans, the Poles, hungry, ragged and exhausted by the campaign -- on seeing the army had blocked their way to Moscow, felt that 'le vin est tire et qu'il fait le boire.' If Napoleon had now forbidden them to fight the Russians, they would have killed him and gone to fight the Russians, because it was necessary for them."

One way you could read this collage is one side represents events as they actually happened, and the other side represents historic interpretations. -- Lola

Lola Baltzell
from page 227-228, Volume 2 of original text
collage, twine, acrylic paint, ink
made 4/29/11
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 784-785

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