It was satisfying to move from the pink palette of the previous two collages to these blacks and greys. I folded black magazine paper to distress it, drew with ink, then ran a wet brush over it to make it run, and layered opaque grey vellum to invoke the sootiness of Moscow as Pierre sees it. The manuscript page I tore into shards, imagining the many sharp pieces of shattered windows and crockery strewing the streets.
from page 443-444, volume 2 of original text
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 961-962