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Papillon by Henri Charriere

Have been trying too find information about Henri Charriere and have been unable too do so. I was mainly interested too find out if he was still alive or not

Submitted by James, posted on Friday March 02, @09:43PM

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I would be curious to know... what a great book! But it's been so long, I would be surprised if he is. I haven't heard anything about him recently.

by Em on Friday March 02, @09:46PM

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Of course he was such a survivor, I wouldn't have put it past him to live so long!

by Sharon on Friday March 02, @09:46PM

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According to a website dedicated to him called "Papillon, the lost years" he died in 1973 at the age of 66. (the URL is http://www.sinclairos.freeserve.co.uk/Papillon/PAPILLON.htm )

by Sharon on Friday March 02, @09:49PM

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This is a reply to the question by James on March 02. Henri Charriere was born in 1906 and passed away in the year 1973.

by Shahinda on Wednesday March 31, @01:42AM

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http://www.jecs.nl/~papillon/ is another great charriere site along with http://www.sinclairos.freeserve.co.uk/Papillon/PAPILLON.htm

by foolish on Saturday October 02, @02:41PM

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Yes, he died in 1973. I've just noticed that he wrote another book, Banco, which is a sequel to Papillon about what he did in Venezuela. I'm looking forward to getting a copy of that!

by Crosland on Sunday November 28, @04:00PM

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Papillon is a great book. I read it in Portuguese and after that in English - I discovered that the english copy was better... than I wondered if the original in French is even better. I don't speak Franch -- can someone comment?

by Inacio on Thursday April 07, @09:37PM

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actuly the book of popillon was writed in spanish when hi was living in venezuela

by zancudito67 on Thursday April 14, @08:43PM

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Here is some information on Henri Charriere, just follow this link: http://gofree.indigo.ie/~james079/pape.html

Regards

by Norwegian on Tuesday April 26, @04:26AM

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after reading papillon I almost fancy committing a crime with the hope of a prison sentence and the chance of escape. this is an excelent read. I have travelled around the southern carribean to some extent and the seas are very rough. he must have been some sailor. does anyone know how much of the book is truth? I mean names and places, governors, the bishop..? can anyone recomend a similar read?

by matt english on Wednesday May 11, @12:09AM

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James

Please contact me at lighthousekpr@snowcrest.net
I know someone who is related to Henri Charriere.

Patti

by Patti on Thursday May 12, @09:58AM

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HE DIED IN 1973. LOOK FOR NEW CONTROVERSY AS 104 YEAR OLD CHARLES BRUNIER CLAIMS TO BE ORIGINAL MODEL FOR PAPILLON!

by JAMESPUNNETT on Monday June 27, @04:19AM

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Here is some interesting info: http://www.sundayherald.com/50481

by Sharon on Monday June 27, @08:21AM

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I read that he died of throat cancer shortly before the movie of his experiences was completed in 1973.

by Ross on Sunday July 03, @09:20AM

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First of all, either the book is real or not, does not 'really' matter for me. the story is breathtaking ( in the sense that it refreshes up your view on daily matters - he is also a 'criminal' in that sort of way...). Let us be grateful for that!

by marcel on Saturday July 16, @03:16PM

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First of all, either the book is real or not, does not 'really' matter for me. the story is breathtaking ( in the sense that it refreshes up your view on daily matters - he is also a 'criminal' in that sort of way...). Let us be grateful for that!

by jelle deturck on Saturday July 16, @03:19PM

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I LOVE Papillon!!

He is such a hero. I'd be interested to see more pictures of him and family (children) etc. Anyone know of a website where I can find some?

Sarah

by Sarah on Monday July 25, @09:17AM

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i have just finished this epic novel and immdediatly watched the DVD (the book it better btw). could someone confirm if Henri Charriere did un fact release a Jazz record in 1969, and where can i buy a copy?

by adam Denny on Sunday July 31, @10:02AM

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You are correct Adam. Henrie Charriere did make a jazz CD in 1969 (with Miles Davis himself!) but it was not released until after his death in 1973.

I am not sure where you can buy it these days - I have put the details below. I would be happy to make a copy for you.


Title: My Funny Butterfly
Orchestration / Arrangement : Arthur Morton
Label / No. : French Guiana Jazz 027 179-2

by Jim on Sunday July 31, @10:41AM

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BANCO is also very good. who is this guy, really?

i love his books.
but i don't know the author really.
but does it matter?
...

by jelle on Monday August 08, @03:40PM

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This is an amazing film
Does anyone know what happened to the Character played by Dustin Hoffman?
+ if they were ever re-united?

by Paul on Monday August 15, @01:45AM

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No he is not alive. he passed in 1973 of throat cancer. I just started reading the book after seeing the movie so many times as a child. it is one of my mothers favorite movies. so far I love the book and I think it is sooo befitting that he is a Scorpio.

by Lisette on Sunday August 28, @01:02PM

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Bamco is indeed the further story of Papillon's exploits, unfotunately while good he (Henri) seemed disillisioned with this book.

sarah

by sarah on Thursday September 01, @01:37AM

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Just reading Banco at the moment.. I reckon he made it all up. "Papi" should have stuck to something he was truly talented at: Jazz.

by Jim on Monday September 05, @04:17AM

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the movie is different from the book, it's less precise. couldn't find banco nobody prints it anymore in italy, i'll have to order it from the web, is it really that good as people said? i was wondering about how much truth there is in papillon as well, apparently his first editor in 1969 gave his guarantee that everything in the book was true. in the movie the character of dustin hoffman (louis degas) is not drawn precisely. indeed, he never joined papillon in any escape, it was true he became the administrator of the s. joseph island, but he didn't go with papillon to the devil island (and he didn't get crazy). the french prison system in guyana ended in 1953 (papillon escaped in 1943), so i guess louis degas was sent back to france after that, but not sure about it. by the way thanks to all that gave interesting infos, lg

by Luigi on Tuesday September 13, @05:20AM

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he died in 73

by itay on Friday September 16, @12:12AM

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i have read papillon having seenthe film endless times and the true accounts of his experiences just show how bleak a time all the 1930s convicts lived. presently remembering papillon as i search for banco. will read and translate it in french if unable to buy it new. i am happy so many can be affected by one person who was basically left for dead by the french government and his successful struggle for survival will always be treasured.

by lucy on Sunday September 18, @07:25AM

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no he died in 1973

by dustin on Tuesday September 20, @09:48AM

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Does anyone know when Papillion died?

by Jim on Friday October 07, @12:57PM

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Henrie Charriere ( Paillon) died in 1973 at the age of 66, a good age considering the life that this man led

by Craige on Friday November 25, @03:01AM

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Papillon, according to me is the greatest adventure story ever told. It depicts that men, whatever crimes may they have committed have even more sense of brotherhood and honesty than the normal people living off in cosy circumstances. I especially would like to put forth the incidence concerning a nondescript character described in 'Papillon': Of that of the snitch (who used to secretly supply Papi with the cocnuts while he was in solitary confinement )the gendarmes killed by boot-kicking him to death.... he never uttered a word though.
And there were certain moments of great pain...... One that being of the death of his friend who drowned in mud and who till the last moment of his horrible death maintained an eye contact with him... as if giving off his last 'goodbye'.
The first part of Banco is equally stupendous, but the story loses certain momentum later.
Papillon is a story that must be read, mainly to have a greater sense of life in general.

by sayan on Sunday November 27, @08:32AM

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He's alive! He is alive!

According to a Reuters report released late last night a group of scientists have found him in the jungles of French Guiana living with 3 maidens.

I am so happy. So very happy. Now we can hear more of his wonderful Jazz.

by Jim on Thursday January 12, @05:08AM

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Sorry to disappoint all those starry-eyeds who think "Papillon" is a true story. But Charriere's publisher, Robert Laffont, revealed in an interview before he died that Charriere submitted the book to him as a novel. However, Laffont, who had a true-life series of books on the go, persuaded him to present it as a true story. He also said that Charriere combined the experiences of several convicts (and we can only speculate how much they exaggerated their exploits)into his book. Indeed, it is highly likely that the book was ghost-written anyway. For a much more believable book try "Dry Guillotine" by Rene Belbenoit, published before "Papillon". And as an old reactionary I give it as my opinion that it's a pity we don't have a Devil's Island running today.

by runcen on Saturday February 11, @06:40AM

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Sorry to say that but Henry Charriere died in 1973.

by cutie on Wednesday April 19, @05:33PM

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Visit this website with foto's of Charriere when he arrived on his boat with his mates on Aruba in the 40's.
www.lago-colony.com

In that time, when he was on the run,he also visited Curacao (where I live), where he met with a landowner (Maal) and the bishop that time. I thought that was all confirmed.

by Hans B. on Thursday April 20, @03:52PM

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According to one of the pages about him he had been in the navy and thats where he got the butterfly tatoo and maybe thats where he 3earned how to sail so that part of the book could've been true. Personaly i dont believe that the people whom he visited on all those islands could've been so hospitable knowing that he was convicted of being a murderer. It sounds a little far fetched if you ask me. I still think its a great book though

by Lisandra on Friday April 28, @05:17PM

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For all those you think papillon was a fake, think again. There were documentries where people interviewed characters from the book and got real life proof.

by thomas on Thursday May 04, @07:49PM

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sorry but he die from a cancer.
my grandmother use too no him and work for him in france.
sorry for my bad english but like you probebly will figure it out im french!!! lol

by melany on Wednesday June 07, @07:43PM

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I can only say how much I am proud to be related to "Papillon"... by reading all those comments, I understand he made such an effect in all of our hearts. Thank you for giving me more information, I wasn't aware off...But now I can go and really investigate on all those... Best Regards, Liat. Daughter of Sammy, Nephew of Rita : Pappillon's wife.

by Liat Bensimon on Sunday July 02, @09:01PM

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Liat Bensimon - would you be willing to talk to me? i am making a documentary about your uncle - and want to completely respect his family (to me that's a way to respect his wishes since he has been gone these 33 years) - do let me know.

direct contact to: jeffd_ora@comcast.net

thank you - jeff

by Jeff on Monday July 24, @09:07AM

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hey did Papillon get married? if yes i bet he had kids who r still alive. anyone who has information plz reply.. i was so fascinated by the book that i want to reach to his family to tell them what a hero he was and because of him i know don't give up easily in life... his story has really influenced me a lot...

by Emi on Tuesday July 18, @04:28AM

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I am very interested in meeting any relatives of Papillion - am working on a documentary, sort of a, "where are they now?" type short film. there are many loose ends at the end of 'banco' (a great book, by the way, every bit as good as papillion - only different) - i want to interview family and/or friends of Henri for the film - please contact me if you have any info - thanks!

by Jeff on Monday July 24, @09:04AM

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Melany;

Would your grandmother be willing to talk about knowing Mr. Charierre'? - on film? I am making a film about Papillion's remaining relatives and friends - there are a lot of loose ends at the end of 'Banco' that I think make an interesting story.

I want to completely respect his family and friends (to me that's a way to respect his wishes since he has been gone these 33 years).

I may be in France in September and could meet to discuss.

direct contact to: jeffd_ora@comcast.net

thank you - jeff

by Jeff on Monday July 24, @06:19PM

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Hi I knew Henri back in the early 70's...he bought a dog from us that we imported from the Uk for him as we lived in Spain at the time...I used to go to his home to clip his dog...it was a toy apricot poodle named Gaddy...
He died back in 73 of throat cancer & I had spoken to him about 3 weeks before his death...was very sad to lose such a nice guy...Regards Jake

by Jake on Sunday September 03, @03:13PM

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Jake;

Would like to hear any stories you might have about Papillion in his last days - just anything you want to share. Was his wife, Rita, living with him in Spain? How about her daughter? Do you know what happened to Rita? Did you ever meet any of his other family from France?

Anything you can share - I am pursuing a documentary on his last days - after the writing of Banco. Contact me at: jeffd_ora@comcast.net

Gracias,

Jeff

by Jeff on Monday September 25, @09:42AM

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Hi,

I just finished reading PAPI's Papillon. Well,a wonderful revelation of his personality with all the required hallmarks for a true leader.Great clarity of thought,absolute courage in the most trying circumstances,great courage of conviction,clear and precise communication, great commitment to principles,loyalty in friendship,a sensitive and tender heart and standing up for his comrades with a spirit of sacrifice and leading by example.

Well, a truly inspiring personality and would have been a great and outstanding leader wherever he was and in whatever capacity he had to function.The kind of personality who would feel restless without an adventure as evidenced by his decision to leave GEORGETOWN when all was settled and he could have rest contented with that. Well,he would not. Such people do not derive comfort from what they have but deliberately choose to upset the apple cart without giving a damn for the consequences.

If such people fail, the whole world will ridicule them.But when they succeed,they become accepted as leaders.When an individual is respected by people, they are also invariably led to love and adore the admired individual, which is what has happened in the case of our dear PAPI.

Well, I do feel disturbed slightly when it is said by some that the whole thing is a figment of one's imagination and not all experiences necessarily undergone by PAPILLON. I only hope it is not true.

Shankar

by shankar on Friday December 01, @08:01PM

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Hi Jim & everybody, I am family of Henri. Rita, his wife, is my father's aunt and I grew up with her until she past away. My father knew him very well, unfortunately I didn't cause hENRI past away when I was born on 1973.. I would love to get a copy of his jazz cd. Do you think you can burn one for me as well? that will be great!!! Best to all of you.. Liat.

by Liat Bensimon on Tuesday February 27, @10:12PM

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i'm sammy , my father jacques was the brother of rita, wife of papillon . after papillon death in 1973 , rita my mother who was alone and they lived together till rita death in 1989.
from 73 to 89 rita was very close to me .
if you want to know more , ask me.
regards sammy

by sammy on Friday April 13, @09:43AM

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I recently went to Panama on holiday. On browsing amongst some unusual arts and crafts in a local market I came across 2 interesting objects. the first a photo of a man resembling papillon, dressed in a cool white suit and sitting on a high stool in a smoky club. The second object was a trumpet, engraved 'play me like a butterfly papi'. Could this be an indication that Henri Charriere was infact part of the veneuzuelian jazz movement in the late 1960's? This is hinted at in his 2nd book Blanco.

by Craig David on Tuesday May 29, @10:01AM

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If you are interested in the Jazz of Henri Charriere, please visit our site: http://www.papillonjazz.com

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by Barry Bruce on Tuesday May 29, @10:24AM

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I was surprised to find so many posting about Henri Charriere, I am doing some indepth research into his family history. I would love any and all information anyone can share with me. I would like to know if he had children, either from his wife Rita, or the time he spent with the indiana's, during one of his escapes. Where did his family live. How long did he remain in south america before returning to Europe? I noticed a lot of people said they knew people who knew him, or where related to him, would love these contacts.
thanks
Cat

mistofthewoods@yahoo.com

by Cat on Monday July 16, @07:23PM

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i was surprised to see so much wriited here about this man.................why?..........
i agree this book papillon..........is exciting to read................but.........
it contains a collection of incidences that happened in the penal colony.........but not to charriere.
if you read all the books on french [devils island. penal colony, as i have.....one can realise this..
rene belbenoit writes the best 2 books on this.
and belbenoit had read all the surpressed articles and books that were written by inmates, during there sentences..............and never allowed to see the light of day.........dry guillotine, and hell on trial.............you might also read carl otto...hell beyong the seas..........or francis lagrange.........flag on devils island.....
and george seaton.........scars are my passport...
and william willis........damned and damned again.
all these are written with nothing changed or expergated..................the book papillon....changes names.......and he tells you so in the preface.........
louis degars.........was indeed real..........and it was belbenoit who degars asked to protect him.
and this is directly stolen from hell on trial..
papillon epingle.........a film which esposes all this.........researched by a frenchman and not published in english..............
btw.......degars died on the island of royal...early ww2........probably starvation.....

by dennis baker on Friday September 07, @05:31PM

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I read Papillon by Henri Charriere just recently, and I too am curious about his life after he escaped for the final time.

Is his daughter still living?
She would most likely be able to give an interesting perspective on his life.

I am interested in knowing more about the research on his life by some of the posters here.

Is your work published, can you advise as to were it's published?

- I'd like to read it.

by amelie on Saturday October 13, @01:40PM

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Hi Jake and everybody who has being near to this great man Papillon!

I live in Spain and I have heard here that Henry’s house or apartment was in Fuengirola in Costa del Sol. Can anybody confirm is it true or not?

Please contact me at papillonspain@hotmail.com, thank you.

by Pentti on Wednesday February 13, @05:55AM

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Hi...no Henri died in 1974 & he lived in Torreblanca near the Torreblanca Hotel in a villa called La Paz...
We knew Henri as he bought a toy poodle from us & we used to clip his dog for him & chat with him at his home...
I was talking to him about 3 weeks before he died of cancer of the throat...the next thing I knew it was on the news on the TV that Henri had died...
Regards Jake

by Jake Jackson on Monday June 23, @02:56PM

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How is the name Papillon pronounced? Is it "papiyon"?

by Ayla on Sunday February 01, @03:31PM

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i am also looking for any decendents of henri charriere. in my eyese he is a hero for all those wrongfully acussed and a damn good con. if any one has any info on his desendents or relitives please contact me at gomezgomez95@yahoo.com

by william gomez on Thursday February 19, @03:33PM

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this story isnt true because devils island has no cliffs, check google earth, a great read still tho

by willw on Monday April 13, @02:45AM

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He passed away in the 70's, he died of cancer

by pappys lad on Friday January 29, @04:53AM

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Hi I knew both Henri & Rita thru the dogs we kept & Henri wanted an apricot poodle which he had us import from the UK for him...we used to clip his dog at his villa in Torreblanca on the Costa Del Sol...I was talking to him only about 3 weeks before his death in 1973...Regards Jake

by Jake on Monday May 10, @01:51PM

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I am still busy reading Papillon. I have found it to be such a tragic story and I can't help but have the deepest sympathy for Henri who endured much. Even now, my heart goes out to him. Imagine going through all that when one is not even guilty.
I have such a deep desire to find out more about Lali and Zoraima. Would love to know about the children he fathered with these two young girls. If anyone has any information, I would be eternally grateful.

Gilda

by Gilda on Sunday November 28, @06:43AM

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What happned to his friend, Jake?

by Joanne C. Laplante on Saturday December 04, @06:22PM

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