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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danner Darcleight Narrator: Ramiz Monsef Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781504736725
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You land in prison in your twenties, faced with the likelihood of spending the rest of your life behind the wall. What do you do? Danner Darcleight started writing. He writes about what he sees, what he has done, and the toll that his own past actions have exacted. Concrete Carnival brings us inside a maximum-security prison, introducing a colorful cast of rogues while revealing the day-to-day struggles experienced by millions of Americans now living inside the world’s largest prison complex.

Haunted by his past, Darcleight slips the surly bonds of heroin. He gets stripped, deloused, and assigned an inmate number. He learns to navigate among sociopaths, gangbangers, drug dealers, hustlers, thieves, mercurial prison guards, and his own grinding remorse. He works through recurring thoughts of suicide, benefits from serendipitous encounters, and ultimately meets a loving woman who brings warmth to a harsh existence.

Darcleight pushes past the clichés and caricatures employed by pop culture, offering direct engagement with what it’s really like to do time. What begins as frontline reportage becomes an unforgettable case study in resilience and determination against the worst imaginable odds.

An exhilarating, picaresque ride through the sights, sounds, and emotions of prison life, Concrete Carnival is a moving portrait of one man’s long journey from hopelessness and addiction to love and redemption.

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  • “A shocking but important book, arguably one of the most literate and insightful disclosures about incarceration to come along in a while.”


  • “This is a powerful memoir by first-time author Darcleight, who is currently serving twenty-five years to life for murder, a crime that he barely remembers committing while deeply addicted to heroin…This process is grippingly told in this eloquent memoir of life with the freaks and fiends in various maximum-security institutions: ‘It’s all a goddamned circus, you’ll think to yourself sometimes, a concrete carnival.’…Darcleight has written a searing look at life inside the criminal justice system. (Sept.)”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A less-talented writer might have turned out a book that was simply a retread of other prison memoirs; Darcleight has given us something fresh, entertaining, insightful, and poignant.”


  • “The author captures the complex relationship between guilt and imprisonment, arguing that many prisoners endeavor to live an ordered life, and ‘recast [their] predicament into an opportunity for growth’…A provocative work focused on empathy and redemption rather than the setting’s natural grime and melodrama.”

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About the Author

Danner Darcleight’s essays have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Stone Canoe, and the Minnesota Review, where he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Two of his essays appear in Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America. He writes from a maximum-security prison, where he is serving twenty-five years to life, and is grateful for the continued support of his loved ones.

About the Narrator

Ramiz Monsef has spent several seasons as a member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s acting company, and he is the playwright of OSF’s 2013 production The Unfortunates. He has also appeared onstage in New York and in numerous regional productions.