Mehrul Bari

Mehrul Bari S Chowdhury is a writer, poet, and artist. His work has appeared in Blood Orange Review, Kitaab, and Sortes Magazine, among others. He is currently the intern at Daily Star Books.

April 22, 2021
April 22, 2021

The writers of ‘Golden: Bangladesh at 50’ tell their tales

In Golden: Bangladesh at 50 (University Press Ltd, 2021) edited by Shazia Omar, 23 of Bangladesh’s eminent writers and poets—including Kaiser Haq, Arif Anwar, Shabnam Nadiya, Farah Ghuznavi, and others—find home for their varied expressions of Bangladeshi life, culture, history, love, hate, as well as the lulls that defined our quarantined existence this past year.

April 8, 2021
April 8, 2021

Klara and the Sun: Depths of humanity in artificial intelligence

Despite Klara and the Sun (Faber, 2021) coming out on my birthday, and soft science fiction being not only a genre I regularly read but write, I found myself with no real connection with the Nobel Prize-winning author’s latest work.

April 1, 2021
April 1, 2021

Gothic fiction writ anew in Daisy Johnson’s ‘Sisters’

One of 2020’s more positive highlights was Daisy Johnson’s stunning sophomore effort, Sisters (Riverhead Books). The novel, a Gothic-domestic drama, starts with siblings September and July in the backseat of a car, on their way to the “Settle House”.

March 18, 2021
March 18, 2021

Four new books to read this March

In July of 2013, Patricia Lockwood wrote the decade’s most immediate and pressing poem, “Rape Joke”. Already by then Lockwood had amassed prizes and praises enough to fill a few cabinets.

March 4, 2021
March 4, 2021

Night has brought him something worse: 2021’s first must-read

“The thing was that everyone knew Julita’s parents hadn’t died in any accident: Julita’s folks had disappeared. They were disappeared. They’d been disappeared”.

February 25, 2021
February 25, 2021

The spirit of sharing defines the end of February 2021

In this last week of February, a shared sense of optimism, however cautious, is pervading much of the world and indeed our own. Slowly, and now safely, more and more events and programmes are opening their doors. Book enthusiasts can enjoy the following events this week:

January 21, 2021
January 21, 2021

‘A Gift for a Ghost’: Spain’s Great New Graphic Novel

Borja González is a self-taught illustrator, and you both can and cannot tell while looking at his resplendent new work, A Gift for a Ghost (Abram ComicArts, 2020).

December 31, 2020
December 31, 2020

Daily Star Books’ Favourite Reads of 2020

Out of all the books that I had to speed through for work this year, Rumaan Alam’s Leave the World Behind was an exception.

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