How Quest sought the Truth is a fairy tale written by Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, one of the most well known Croatian female writers, at the end of the 19th century.
It tells a tale about three brothers who live in a magical forest where their grandfather keeps the Sun God’s fire alive so as to confuse the Rage Tsar and his minions which also dwell in the forest.
One day, Svarožić (the Slavic Sun deity) finds the three brothers and spins them in the air to show them the wonders of the world. Unfortunately, they forget what they’ve seen soon after and they turn to their old ways, lying about what they’ve experienced. Thusly, small Rages, sent by the Rage Tsar, make home in their clothes and amongst their things making them greedy, lustful and violent. The youngest brother, however, doesn’t lie but as he cannot remember the truth he ventures into the forest to seek it. His own little Rage follows him but is unsuccessful in corrupting him.
The first illustration depicts the Rage Tsar and the fact that the Sun Fire makes him cough which, in turn, makes him angry and vindictive. The second illustration shows the god Svarožić while he is showing the brothers the wonders of the world and the thirds depicts Quest at the moment of his death at the bottom of a well, with his little Rage filled with joy while dancing atop of it.