I'm reading a book review from Independent on Sunday. It says "This bizarre, dazzling novel turns the detective novel on its head, dislodging murder from its iconic status as the final mystery, and establishes Orhan Pamuk as one of the freshest, most original voices in contemporary fiction."
Basically, I don't understand the first 2 parts of this sentence.
What does "turns the detective novel on its head" mean?
What is an "iconic status"? And, "dislodging murder from its iconic status"?
So...is it saying that unlike iconic detective novels, this one does not involve murder (which is strange, because there were 2 people died and the murderer remained unknown to the end of the story) ?
So...what does this description about dislodging mean? I guess I'm still lost.
This is a review of "The Black Book", which starts out as a murder mystery, but is expanded into an examination of the narrator's obsessions. Pamuk has dislodged - moved aside - the murders as main underlying theme of the narrative to expand on the other more subtle mysteries.