Papillon

Papillon

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By (author) Henri Charriere, Translated by Patrick O'Brian

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 175mm x 38mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 17 May 1973
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0586034862
  • ISBN 13: 9780586034866
  • Sales rank: 788,243

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Condemned for a murder he had not committed, Henri Charriere (nicknamed Papillon) was sent to the penal colony of French Guiana. Forty-two days after his arrival he made his first break, travelling a thousand gruelling miles in an open boat. Recaptured, he suffered a solitary confinement and was sent eventually to Devil's Island, a hell-hole of disease and brutality. No one had ever escaped from this notorious prison - no one until Papillon took to the shark infested sea supported only by a makeshift coconut-sack raft. In thirteen years he made nine daring escapes, living through many fantastic adventures while on the run - including a sojourn with South American Indians whose women Papillon found welcomely free of European restraints! "Papillon" is filled with tension, adventure and high excitement. It is also one of the most vivid stories of human endurance ever written. Henri Charriere died in 1973 at the age of 66.

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Patrick O'Brian was one of our greatest contemporary novelists. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He lived for many years in south west France and he died in Dublin in January 2000.

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The true story of Henri Charriere, who was imprisoned for murdering his wife and shipped to a horrific penal colony off French Guyana. Breathtaking escape followed, plus cannibalism, romance with a Colombian fisher-girl in a pearl paradise, and more prison. The book has everything, but perhaps the biggest surprise is that Charriere survived it all to retell the tale here. (Kirkus UK)