ROUTE OF FLOWERS: A COLLECTION OF PARABLES
Route of Flowers (2022) is a book of a collection of parables that are inspired by the neighbourhood of Amsterdam Oost on the perspective of the author to navigate her way to find a sense of belonging. The awareness of histories of the neighbourhood, personal relationships, and transformative nature are continuously reflected in the parables.
The parables collections consist of 10 stories accompanied by 3 photographs by the author to illustrate the stories. The cover design refers to Indonesian literature in the 1945-1950, the period of the Indonesian arts established their position as a legitimate heritage of the world. These parable books are intended to be placed anonymously in the neighbourhood community as free books for anyone, in street/public bookshelves and community centers–with a Dutch translation addition.
Texts and photographs Ratu R. Saraswati
Editorial support — Hannah Dawn Henderson, Ivan Mous
Cover design and layout — Nandiasa Rahmawati
Printed by PrintRoom, Rotterdam
Supported by the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam and Stichting Hinderrust Fonds
Riso-printed in an edition of 200
Dutch translation — Roy Voragen
The Spring song consists of selected lyrics from the Betawi folksong ‘Surilang’.
The song was popularized by Lilis Suryani, Ida Royani and Benyamin Sueb.
Route of Flowers: A Collection of Parables Bloemenroute: Een verzameling parabels