this is a must read it and loved it Mikhail Bulgakov, 1926. Author of The Master and Margarita - has a fascinating and tragedy back story. Also history of how it finally got published is eye opening about life in late period of USSR
Mikhail Bulgakov - surreal, luminous, fierce, hilarious genius. Author of The Master and Margarita, the greatest comic novel ever written, and the finest line in defense of beleaguered literature - "Manuscripts don't burn". My hero.
“Yes, man is mortal, but that would be only half the trouble. The worst of it is that he's sometimes unexpectedly mortal—there's the trick!” ― The Master and the Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov (Kiev, Russian Empire, Moscow, Soviet Union)