Friday, September 2, 2011

Collage 514

My son's passion for comics of all types must be affecting me. This looks more like something from one of his graphic novels- definitely not my favorite type of artwork or reading material, but I applaud anything that brings words to life for him. Wonder if the publishing world has adapted War and Peace into an Illustrated Classic..?

On these pages, a grave council occupies a pine table in a cottage, arguing whether or not to fight in Moscow. A sole peasant - a 6 year old girl- stays on in the room to observe. The young girl sees only the smaller battle: the disagreement between Kutuzov, whom she affectionately identifies as "Grandpa", and Bennigsen ("Longskirts"). When Kutuzov decides on retreat "Malasha, who had long been expected at supper, carefully climbed down backwards from her stove shelf, resting her bare little feet on the ledges of the stove, and, getting tangled between the legs of the generals, darted through the door."

In this scene of military debate, laced with anger and sadness, there is still sweetness with the presence of the child.- Adrienne

Adrienne Wetmore
from page 283-284, volume 2 of original text
collage, ink
made 5/13/11
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 829-831

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