This was the studio day when we first talked about being invited to exhibit this project at Yasnaya Polyana- Greetings from Russia!
Kat plucks and cleans the goose. We put the feathers carefully to one side. We intend to make two cushions out of them with the inscription: "Sleep soft under shell-fire." The sound of the gun-fire from the front penetrates into our refuge. The glow of the fire lights up our faces, shadows dance on the wall. Sometimes a heavy crash and the lean-to shivers. Aeroplane bombs. Once we hear a stifled cry. A hut must have been hit...
We sit opposite one another, Kat and I, two soldiers in shabby coats, cooking a goose in the middle of the night. We don't talk much, but I believe we have a more complete communion with one another than lovers have. -p. 96-97 of All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque, Ballantine 1982 edition
Lynn Waskelisfrom page 301-302, volume 2 of original text
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation pages 844-846