Henri Charrière

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 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…

Books by Henri Charrière

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