Behind the Lines
Writer Robert Kiener, near Longyearbyen
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n a remote beach above the Arctic Circle, a polar bear
has crashed through a tent and has a young man in his jaws. The man’s companion awakes to the horror and realizes it is up to him to save his friend—and himself. See page tk to find out what happens next. Each month, Europe’s most-widely read magazine brings dramatic stories to readers. We can do it better than any online or print publication because Reader’s Digest has a worldwide network of editions, whose local editors help us extend our reach to some of the most remote places on earth. For this story, U.S.-based writer Robert Kiener worked with Norwegian Editor in Chief Stig Michaelsen. Says Stig, “I was a kind of handyman for this story, making sure we got everything.” He even became the driver to make sure Kiener found Sebastian Nilssen’s house, located on a dirt road in a remote forest where Nilssen trained sled dogs. Afterward, Kiener flew to the world’s northernmost town, Longyearbyen, in the Svalbard islands, to interview paramedics, police, a surgeon, a scientist and even the Governor, whose press officer extended his assistance. The interviews were invaluable in re-creating the story. Says Kiener, “The police produced a detailed recreation of the attack, including photos of the ‘drag marks’ in the sand.” The story is spine-chilling, the kind of story Reader’s Digest, with its global editorial cooperation, shines at. If you enjoy it, let us hear from you at tk.
Local editors help extend our reach to some of the most remote places on earth.