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Cappelen, 1970 - Political Science - 434 pages
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Henri Charrière, called "Papillon," for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped . . . until Papillon. His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken. Charrière's astonishing autobiography, Papillon, was published in France to instant acclaim in 1968, more than twenty years after his final escape. Since then, it has become a treasured classic -- the gripping, shocking, ultimately uplifting odyssey of an innocent man who would not be defeated.

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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 (1970)

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

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