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Issue Details: First known date: 1962... 1962 A Captive in the Land
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The story opens with a Dakota, whose crew is engaged on a meteorological survey, flying over the Arctic. Suddenly the wreckage of a plane and a moving human figure are spotted on the ice below. Rupert Royce, the meteorologist on board, volunteers to parachute down to investigate while the Dakota returns to base to organise a rescue expedition. He lands safely to find that there is one survivor of what proves to be a Russian plane. But, unknown to Royce, the Dakota crashes on its return journey and the whole crew is killed. As a result, his whereabouts are completely unknown to the outside world; all the authorities know is that his body is not found in the Dakota's wreckage. (Source: 1962 Hamish Hamilton Edition)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon A Captive in the Land Lee Gold , ( dir. John Berry ) Russia United Kingdom (UK) : Gorky Film Studio Ask Soviet-American Films Gloria Productions , 1991 Z1547650 1991 single work film/TV An American meteorologist is on a flight mission over the Artic wasteland with the Royal Air Force when the crew spot a wrecked Russian plane. A lone survivor is visible from the air. While the crew are unable to stop to rescue him, the American volunteers to parachute into the site with supplies and tend to the wounded man until help can arrive. As the days wear on and no-one comes to their rescue, the pair set out on an arduous journey, the American saddled with most of the work and their relationship reflecting the continued misunderstanding and mistrust between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.

Notes

  • Epigraph: A captive in the land, / A stranger and a youth, / He heard the king's command, / He saw that writing's truth. / Lord Byron / 'Vision of Belshazzar' / Hebrew Melodies

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Curtis Books ,
      1962 .
      Extent: 352p.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Doubleday ,
      1963 .
      Extent: 381p.
      Edition info: First US Edition.
Alternative title: Gefangener im Lande : Roman
Language: German

Works about this Work

James Aldridge 1963 single work review
— Appears in: Realist Writer , August no. 12 1963; (p. 18)

— Review of A Captive in the Land James Aldridge , 1962 single work novel
James Aldridge 1963 single work review
— Appears in: Realist Writer , August no. 12 1963; (p. 18)

— Review of A Captive in the Land James Aldridge , 1962 single work novel
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