I've always been fascinated by travel literature, especially when it's intertwined with the history and the culture of the visited places.
In this way, Affinati's book reviews and travel accounts are a goldmine of good advices. Thanks to this book I discovered, to name a few:
Uwe Timm, Jurek Becker, W.G Sebald, Jerzy Kosinski and Jean Amery.
As for me, "Compagni segreti" has been an useful and unexpected source of inspiration.