The Break (novel)

The Break (French: Le Trou) is a 1957 novel by the French writer José Giovanni. It is based on a real escape attempt from the La Santé Prison in 1947. It was Giovanni's debut novel. An English translation by Robin Campbell was published in 1960.[1]


The book was adapted by Jacques Becker into the film The Hole. The film starred Michel Constantin, Jean Keraudy (an ex-convict who performed as a character based on himself[2]) and Philippe Leroy. It premiered on 18 March 1960.[3]


  1. "The break; a novel". WorldCat. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  2. "Anecdotes du film Le Trou". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  3. "Le Trou". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 2016-06-09.
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