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The 2nd Marianne Dreams House

 This house is the second variation on a dream location described in the book "Marianne Dreams", by Catherine Storr. The house contains a boy who lost the will to live, a house with barred windows at first and no interior furnishings, except a wooden bench on which the pajama-clad boy rests, surrounded by encroaching rocks with evil eyes. Marianne enters the house (which she had created, by drawing it with some sort of very powerful pencil) in her dreams, while herself being bedridden with some illness, and engages with the boy, whose name is Mark (he could have been aptly called "Mark One" had this story been set in a science fiction as opposed to a sort of fantasy setting). She challenges him, who has polio, to get out of his self-protective identification with the limitations and the confinement of his illness, and finally succeeds, after having empowered him by dreaming/drawing up an exercise bike for him to train his legs, to have them both rescued by helicopters.

The 2nd Marianne Dreams House (Acrylics, [coloured] pencil on "Durex" paper)
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  2036 by Torsten Slama and the International Illusionist Society

First edition, cover artist: Marjorie-Ann Watts


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