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Literature lovers may be planning to book accommodation in Prague next month, as the city is preparing to pay its annual tribute to Franz Kafka.

One of the most influential writers of the 20th century, Kafka was born in the Czech capital and the anniversary of his death - June 3rd - is commemorated by admirers there each year.

People traditionally gather at the author's burial place in the city's New Jewish Cemetery, before proceeding to the Old Synagogue for prayers devoted to his memory.

Many devotees of the literary giant visit Prague each year and place a stone on his grave to show their respect.

Kafka's writing attracted little critical praise until after his death in 1924, as much of his work was published posthumously.

However, his novel The Trial and famous short story The Metamorphosis have become some of the most widely-read and debated works in the European literary canon.

Many of the stories were published after he died by writer and close friend Max Brod, despite Kafka reportedly requesting that all his papers should be burnt after his death.

People wishing to learn more about the author can do so by visiting Prague's Kafka Museum, which contains a number of exhibits based on his life and work.

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