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    Papillon (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Henri Charriere, Translated by Patrick O'Brian


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    DescriptionAn immediate sensation upon its publication in 1969, Papillon is a vivid memoir of brutal penal colonies, daring prison breaks and heroic adventure on shark-infested seas. Condemned for a murder he did not commit, Henri Charriere, nicknamed Papillon, was sent to the penal colony of French Guiana. Forty-two days after his arrival he made his first break for freedom, travelling a thousand gruelling miles in an open boat. He was recaptured and put into solitary confinement but his spirit remained untamed: over thirteen years he made nine incredible escapes, including from the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. This edition of Papillon, one of the greatest adventure stories ever told, includes an exclusive new essay by Howard Marks.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Henri Charriere, Translated by Patrick O'Brian
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 688
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    ISBN 13: 9780007179961
    ISBN 10: 0007179960

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    BIC subject category V2: JKVP1, BTP
    DC22: 365.6092
    BISAC V2.8: SOC030000
    Thema V1.0: JKVP, DNBH1, DNXP
    HarperCollins Publishers
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    Publication date
    03 May 2005
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    In 1931, 25-year-old Henri Charriere was found guilty of a murder he had not committed and transported to a penal colony in French Guiana. His numerous daring escapes and subsequent adventures are recounted in 'Papillon' (1969) and 'Banco: The Further Adventures of Papillon' (1973). He died in 1973 at the age of 66.