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For a few decades, he was revered as something of a guru. Young people – mainly young women – made a pilgrimage to his small apartment with a copy of his 1958 book “Life as a Parable” (English editions, 1966 and 1989) in their handbags, its pages worn and wrinkled from reading and rereading, befitting the cult status of the book and its author in their eyes. On his...