Watersprites, Desert, Mountains and Sea: To Have and Have Not or Four Times Home


  • Rachael Kohn ABC Broadcaster


The four pictures by Josef Lada, which I just had framed, lay spread out on the living room floor-remnants of my parents' world, which had pervaded my young life. A world that, with the recent death of my mother, threatened to fall silent forever. Josef Lada is Czechoslovakia's most famous artist-illustrator. His pictures recall a lost innocence, which I suspect in the 30s and 40s and early 50s, Lada was defiantly asserting against history's cruel march across this tiny "Camelot," as my parents often called their native land.

Author Biography

Rachael Kohn, ABC Broadcaster

ABC Broadcaster