BEILES~Sinclair – The Idiots Voice
Publisher: Cold Turkey Press, France
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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ he ran through psychiatrists like boxes of
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