How I Came to Know Fish (1974) is Ota Pavel's magical memoir of his childhood in Czechoslovakia. Fishing with his father and his Uncle Prosek - the two finest fishermen in the world - he takes a peaceful pleasure from the rivers and ponds of his country. But when the Nazis invade, his father and two older brothers are sent to concentration camps and Pavel must steal their confiscated fish back from under the noses of the SS to feed his family. With tales of his father's battle to provide for his family both in wealthy freedom and in terrifying persecution, this is one boy's passionate and affecting tale of life, love and fishing.
A moving, bittersweet coming of age . . . A collection that works its magic quietly Kirkus Reviews
Ota Pavel, 1930 in Prag geboren, begeisterte sich schon als Junge für den Sport. Als Journalist des Prager Rundfunks schrieb er Sportreportagen und reiste dafür durch die ganze Welt. Nach langer Krankheit, die ihn nur zeitweise arbeiten ließ. Ota Pavel starb 1973 in Prag. In seiner Heimatstadt wurde er mit einem Ota-Pavel-Museum geehrt