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Title: Herman Portocarero's Domino
Subtitle: Een roman over New York
Author(s): VERSLUYS, Kristiaan
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 48 Issue: 2 Date: 2006
Herman Portocarero’s New York thriller Domino contains an important reflection on the nature of the contemporary metropolis. Set against a number of relevant intertexts (de Certeau, Lehan, Keunen) it is possible to see how it details the ideological production of space. Two New Yorks are opposed to each other: that of officialdom and diplomacy, on the one hand, and that of the street, on the other. The point the novel makes is that these two worlds, rather than being opposed to each other, are each other’s complement. Moreover, the text reveals how instinct and emotion are the product and exponent of city life, rather than being its antithesis.