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HarperCollins, Jun 26, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages
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Henri Charrière, called Papillon, for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 for a murder he did not commit. When he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, one thought obsessed him: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, Papillon was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped -- that was, until Papillon. His escape, described in breathless detail, was one of the most incredible tests of human cunning, will, and endurance.

In 1968, more than twenty years after his final escape, Charrière had his astonishing autobiography, Papillon, published in France to instant acclaim -- a worldwide bestseller describing the gripping, shocking odyssey of the author's imprisonment and escape over a greuling decade.

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One of my favorite books of all time

User Review  - 1212Jack1212 - Tesco

A very exciting and intriguing true story of incredible perseverance, escape, prison, (including Devil's Island) and inhumane punishment as told by the "Butterfly" himself. Do not let the movie put ... Read full review

Should be a Claissic

User Review  - Lottman - Borders

When i was little, i watched this movie many times over with my dad because if it was ever on he was watching it. As an adult, i found the book and purchased it. It is similiar to the movie but 100 ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Born in 1906, and imprisoned in 1931, Henri Charrière finally escaped in 1945 to Venuzuela, where he married, settled in Caracas, and opened a restaurant. He died in 1973.

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