"A set of short stories in which the peculiarity and the fantasy of Zapotec popular legends are brought to life by the imaginative and powerful pen of a great author in the making – what is perhaps a true breath of fresh and original air that does our national literature much good."
– Mónica Maristain, Sin Embargo
"These stories are situated within an imaginary (of Pergentino José's making) that is consistent from one story to the next...but it is an imaginary that is not reflected in the rest of Mexican literature. This collection is poised to become a new and encouraging contribution."
– Alantl Molina, Marvin Magazine
A literary triumph by one of Mexico's most promising young authors, Red Ants is the first ever literary translation from the Sierra Zapotec. This vibrant collection of short stories by Pergentino José updates magical realism for the 21st century. Red Ants paints a candid picture of indigenous Mexican life -- an essential counterpoint to cultural products of the colonial gaze. José's fantastical stories tackle themes of family, love, and independence in his signature style: unapologetically personal, coolly emotional, and always surprising.