Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Collage 631

Tolstoy describes the crucial role chance and bit parts plays in securing Russian victory at Borodino- in the person of little, irresolute, and imperceptive Dokhturov. "And many heroes have been described for us in verse and prose, but there is hardly a word about Dokhturov." Is he a historical or a fictional figure of Tolstoy's making?

Lynn Waskelis
from page 517-518, volume 2 of original text
collage, ink, flora from Yasnaya Polyana
made 9/30/11
Pevear/Volokshonksy translation page 1021-1023

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