One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Chekhov wrote The Steppe, appropriately the first tale in this volume, when he was 28, and it is a kind of manifesto of Chekhovian lifelikeness.’
- ‘He wrote that early photographs struck viewers as familiar (like drawings), but also as strange in their ‘mirror-like detail’, their lifelikeness.’
- ‘The main thing about his work, however, is its subtle yet overwhelming lifelikeness, which is startlingly sufficient to suggest to the viewer that this object is an eerily accurate simulacrum of the human substance, body and soul.’
- ‘What is so devastating is the truthfulness of it, the overwhelming lifelikeness of the characters; you cannot help wondering how a young woman playwright could infiltrate them to their very essence.’
- ‘The creation of a lifelikeness in art (a human-made ‘look-alike’) is perceived as a distraction that may jeopardize this relationship, causing the heavenly double to withdraw its spiritual protection.’
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