Interplay of reflections
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Many mythologies and literatures have within their lore some form of the Trickster figure: one who, in the process of satisfying his insatiable appetite, challenges the established cultural system, and who in doing so casts a light on the too easily forgotten matter of free choice. The character of the Trickster artist is connected to the divine and satanic powers, showing the way in which the Trickster figure encompasses all aspects of the human psyche. In this paper, I discuss the Trickster authors Nabokov, Samokovlija and Jergović, and the Trickster characters in their works: Pale Fire, Hanka, and Walnut Manor, focusing on whether or not these Trickster artists and characters are able to induce a necessary change in the context of their society, or if they serve to reinvigorate the existing social system.