As the last train leaves the Buenos Aires subway station a team sets out to prep the underground system for another day. Among the many faces of the cleaning staff, some may recognize the award-winning author Enrique Ferrari, who leads a double life as a subway cleaner. “People don’t understand why I chose this line of work, and the media have dubbed me the subway writer, a title I loathe,” says Enrique. “I chose this line of work to help pay bills and take care of my family. It is wrong to think that we workers have no culture.”
The famed author has successfully published five novels and two short stories. Although, the piece that won him accolades at the renowned Gijon crime writing festival in Spain, was the murder mystery Que de Lejos Parecen Moscas (They look like flies from a distance). The book was published in France, Mexico, and Italy.
These days Enrique opens up his laptop to polishes his manuscript between breaks at the station. “Winning an international prize, or having Steven Spielberg turn a book into a film would be perfect,” he says while speaking fondly of his goals.