Mashrur Arefin

Mashrur Arefin (born 9 October 1969) is a Bangladeshi writer, novelist, poet, translator and banker.[1][2][3][4] He is known for his Bengali translation of Homer’s Iliad and Franz Kafka’s stories, and his novels, August Abchchaya (The Eclipse of August, 2019) and Althusser (2020).[4][5][6][7] He received the BRAC Bank-Samakal Literature Award for his translation of Franz Kafka’s stories in 2013[8][9][10] and he won the Gemcon Shahitya Puroshkar 2020 for his first novel August Abchhaya (The Eclipse of August).[11][12][13][14][15]

Mashrur Arefin
Mashrur Arefin
Arefin in 2019
Native name
মাসরুর আরেফিন
BornS M Mashrur Arefin
(1969-10-09) 9 October 1969 (age 51)
Barishal, Bangladesh
OccupationWriter and banker
Alma mater
Notable worksIshwardi Mayor O Mule er Golpo (Poetry),
August Abchaya (The Eclipse of August, 2019),
Prithibi Elomelo Sokalbelay (Poetry),
Althusser (Novel),
Franz Kafka Golpo-Shomogro (Translation), Eliad (Translation)
Notable awardsBRAC Bank-Samakal Literature Award, Gemcon Shahitya Puroshkar for August Abchaya (Novel, 2019)

Arefin writes article about literature and literary piece on newspaper and literary supplements.[16][17][18]


Early lifeEdit

He was born in Barishal. Later his family moved to Khulna and Arefin grew up there.

Education and AdulthoodEdit

After passing S.S.C and H.S.C from Barishal Cadet College he studied English Literature at Aligarh Muslim University. Then he got his M.A from Dhaka University. In 1995 Arefin started his career at ANZ Grindlays Bank Limited as a management trainee. He completed his MBA from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.[3] As a banker since mid-1990s, he has served many banks in different positions.[3]Mashrur Arefin is the managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of The City Bank Limited.[19][20][3][21]


He started writing and translating early in the 90s while he still was a student. Back then his writing and translation works had been published in various literary magazine and literary supplements of Bangladesh.

Ishwardi Mayor O Mule er Golpo (Poetry)Edit

Ishwardi Mayor O Mule er Golpo, a book of a long poem was published in 2001 from 'Da' Prokashoni. It was his first book. Ishwardi Mayor O Mule er Golpo was an attempt to explore a new prose and imagery with Bangla language.

August Abchaya (Novel)Edit

Cover of Mashrur Arefin's first Novel August Abchaya (The Eclipse of August). Cover artist- Selim Ahmed

August Abchaya (The Eclipse of August) is his first novel. The novel is a fictional work on the assassination of the first president of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It was first published in the Ekushey Book Fair, 2019. In an interview with the Dhaka Tribune after winning the Gemcon Literary Prize, 2020, Mashrur Arefin noted:

All I can say is, ‘August Abchhaya’ is touted as a historical novel. But is it really so? It definitely isn’t one that gives its own version of why things happened the way the things happened.I believe that due to the convenience of putting books certain categories, we call ‘August Abchhaya’ a historical fiction just because that historical killing business is the pivot of the novel. But a pivot is only a pivot. A lot more actually happens in the outer, larger perimeters or circumference of any center.[15]

Althusser (Novel)Edit

His second novel is Althusser. It was named on the famous French philosopher Louis Althusser. It was first published in the Ekushey Book Fair, 2020.[22][23]

Prithibi Elomelo Sokalbelay (Poetry)Edit

Prithib Elomelo Sokalbelay is his second poetry book. It was first published in the Ekushey Book Fair, 2020.[24][25]


There are few aspects readers can expect in Mashrur Arefin's writing, like twist of syntax and sentence, but he does not stick to any predetermined style. He aims to experiment with the aesthetic and come up with a new kind of taste for prose.


Power and PoliticsEdit

Power and politics is the theme of much of Mashrur Arefin's Works. Most of the works by him explore how power and politics act on the individual and humankind.

Cosmic Indifference to Human LifeEdit

Another important theme in many of Mashrur Arefin's works is the cosmic indifference to human life.


Nature is a very common and vibrant attribute of his works.


Another theme in Mashrur Arefin's works is time- or rather, the passage of time.

List of WorksEdit


  • August Abchaya (আগস্ট আবছায়া, The Eclipse of August, 2019)
  • Althusser (আলথুসার, Althusser, 2020)


  • Ishwardi, Mayor O Muler Golpo (ঈশ্বরদী, মেয়র ও মিউলের গল্প, 2001)
  • Prithibi Elomelo Sokalbelay (পৃথিবী এলোমেলো সকালবেলায়, 2020)


  • Franz Kafka Galpa-Samagra (ফ্রানৎস কাফকা গল্পসমগ্র, Complete Stories of Franz Kafka, 2013)
  • Iliad (ইলিয়াড, Iliad, 2015)


Prizes for booksEdit


  1. ^ "Finance is my passion; literature is my divine calling". The Business Standard. 2020-02-25. Archived from the original on 2020-03-20. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  2. ^ "ঈশ্বরদী থেকে পৃথিবীর পথে". Bangla Tribune (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mashrur Arefin new MD of City Bank". Prothom Alo. Archived from the original on 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  4. ^ a b হাসান, কামরুল. "আলথুসার: বাংলা উপন্যাসের বিশ্বায়ন". Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  5. ^ "আলথুসার : পাঠ-প্রতিক্রিয়া". Bangla Tribune (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 2020-08-11. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  6. ^ "আলথুসার : রাষ্ট্রযন্ত্র বুঝতে চাওয়ার জটিলতায় নাগরিক". Archived from the original on 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  7. ^ Majumdar, Meghna (2020-05-06). "Lockdown reads: Saikat Majumdar, author of 'The Scent of God', recommends these titles". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 2020-05-06. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  8. ^ a b "ব্র্যাক ব্যাংক-সমকাল সাহিত্য পুরস্কার প্রদান".
  9. ^ a b "আকাশভরা সূর্যতারা".
  10. ^ a b "মঈনুল আহসান সাবের মাসরুর আরেফিন ও বদরুন নাহার এবার পুরস্কার পেলেন".
  11. ^ a b "Winners of Gemcon Shahitya Puroshkar 2020 announced".
  12. ^ a b "'আমি আপ্লুত'".
  13. ^ a b "Gemcon Sahitya Puraskar 2020 announced".
  14. ^ a b "City Bank CEO Mashrur Arefin wins Gemcon Shahitya Puroshkar 2020".
  15. ^ a b c "A lot more actually happens in the outer, larger perimeters or the circumference of any centre".
  16. ^ "কাফকায়েস্ক বেহালার সুর".
  17. ^ "বর্বরদের প্রতীক্ষায়".
  18. ^ "অনুবাদ-অযোগ্য কাফকা".
  19. ^ "Mashrur Arefin new MD of City Bank". The Daily Star. 2019-01-22. Archived from the original on 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  20. ^ "সিটি ব্যাংকের নতুন ব্যবস্থাপনা পরিচালক মাসরুর আরেফিন". Ittefaq. Archived from the original on 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  21. ^ "সিটি ব্যাংকের এমডি মাসরুর আরেফিন করোনা আক্রান্ত". (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 2020-08-20. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  22. ^ "আলথুসার: বাংলা উপন্যাসের বিশ্বায়ন".
  23. ^ "আলথুসার : পাঠ-প্রতিক্রিয়া".
  24. ^ "কেন পৃথিবী এলোমেলো সকালবেলায়!".
  25. ^ "কেন পৃথিবী এলোমেলো সকালবেলায়!".