BEILES~Sinclair – The Idiots Voice

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Author: BEILES~Sinclair.
Publisher: Cold Turkey Press, France
Year: 2012
Artist: Bellaart~Gerard

SINCLAIR BEILES – THE IDIOT’S VOICE

Limited edition of 36.

Portfolio with 40 unbound pages. Size: 266 x 180 x 4 mm.

Sinclair Beiles was born in Kampala, Uganda in 1930, the only child of Jewish

South African parents, who moved back to Johannesburg when their son was

six years old. He studied at Wits and left the country in the mid-fifties. After

time in New Zealand, Spain and Morocco, he moved to Paris, which was the

centre of international bohemia. There he stayed at the legendary Beat Hotel

and worked as chief editor for Maurice Girodias’s Olympia Press. Beiles saw

William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch through the press and worked with

Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Gregory Corso on the first anthology of cut-ups

Minutes to Go. Sinclair Beiles, who suffered from bouts of mental illness, died

almost unknown and impoverished in Johannesburg in 2000.

In The Idiot’s Voice Cold Turkey Press brings together poems, artwork, and a

letter by Beiles from the Cold Turkey Press archives. In this selection of

works, to which a couple of photos were added, Gerard Bellaart pays tribute to

his friend Sinclair Beiles.

‘it’s tempting to think, that Sinclair was perhaps also privately haunted by

some dark demons buried deep in his DNA, the dybbuks and golems of the

shtetl which no one would ever be able to do anything about (and Sinclair

must certainly have tried – he ran through psychiatrists like boxes of

Kleenex).’ 

Heathcote Williams

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