Study Guide

The History of Love Slonim vs. New York City

By Nicole Krauss

Slonim vs. New York City

The imagery that's used to portray the town of Slonim is carefully selected to paint a very specific picture of the world, stolen from Leo and company. It almost seems like a lost paradise, especially when compared with New York City's urban jungle. The images represent the innocence and sheer fun of childhood—jumping from a bridge into a frigid river, running in an open field, hanging out at a parent's store, barely seeing over the countertop. The callous, anonymous cityscape of New York, then, is a fitting depiction of the traumatic experiences that have followed Leo's time in "Eden."