succès de scandale

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succès de scandale

(syksɛ də skɑ̃dal)
n, pl succès de scandale
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) success of a play, book, etc, because of notoriety or its scandalous character
[literally: success of scandal]
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succès de scandale

A French phrase meaning success of scandal, used to mean something that is successful because of its notoriety.
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In the interim, he has clearly taken a liking to the operatic genre, garnering one succes de scandale after the next with works ranging from Karol Szymanowski's King Roger and Alban Berg's Lulu to Luigi Cherubini's Medee and Richard Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten.
"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about," chimed witticist Oscar Wilde in the late 19th century -- a quote that embodied the epoch's penchant for succes de scandale and the notion that there is 'no such thing as bad publicity'.
Mind and Cosmos enjoyed a modest succes de scandale when it was published two years ago, primarily, it seems, because of concern on the part of orthodox scientists and philosophers that its critique of materialism might lend comfort to religious believers.
She is not the first and she won't be the last to court bad publicity, or as the French call it succes de scandale, with the former Hannah Montana child actress topping the charts and picking up music awards, thanks, in part, to her notoriety.
Scholars of English literature consider such topics as Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo and "The Sisters," Balzacian ghosts in "The Boarding House," a Flaubertian recipe for succes de scandale in Ulysses, St.
The original Biennale's succes de scandale was a work by Giacomo Grosso (1860-1938), a deservedly forgotten painter who specialised in writhing nudes, several of which could be seen in Il Supremo Convegno (1895).
That was the side of deconstruction that grabbed all the headlines and made it in the 1970s a kind of academic succes de scandale. Without reading very closely, it all looked like a joyous nihilism.
If Burdin's art fair succes de scandale burlesques the art-world ladder even as he climbs it, so too do his "Art Hoaxes," which include a series of ads that he ran in the LA circular Recycler in the '90s.
Weston, Otto Rahn, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and (even) Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln, whose The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (London: Cape, 1982) entered into a particularly lurid area of speculation and hence enjoyed a succes de scandale on its first appearance.
746) was a succes de scandale and has so far been translated in thirty-eight countries.
L'ouvrage remporte un succes de scandale. En effet, la Vie de Haydn, qui comprend vingt-deux lettres, est un plagiat de lettres sur Haydn ecrites par le musicographe Giuseppe Carpani (1752-1825), et publiees en 1812.