You Should Read These Books Before You Travel To [Insert Country Here]
Published on April 29, 2011
That's a helpful list. Idlewild bookstore in manhattan has a good country based selection of novels that I have used in the past. My one issue with some of the books though is that they give you an impression of a different time not the current time. So, if you were moving to that country for say a few years (or even a few months), it may be helpful to know about how thing were in a different era. But for a traveller who may spent a few weeks in a country stories from a different time don't amount to much.
For example Midnight's Children (however good the book may be) is depiction of an India in 80s. Which is very different form what you see now. Ditto with Hunter S Thompson for the US.