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List of the most popular authors from Soviet Union, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Soviet authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Soviet writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Nikolai Pogodin and Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov are included in this list.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Soviet Union?" and "Who are the best Soviet authors?"

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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Testimony, Katerina Ismailova
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet ...more
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Alexei Khvostenko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Alexei Khvostenko was a Russian avant-garde poet, singer-songwriter, artist and sculptor. Khvostenko is also frequently referred to by the nickname Khvost, meaning "tail".
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Maxim Gorky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
The Mother, Orloff and His Wife, The life of a useless man
Alexei Maximovich Peshkov, primarily known as Maxim Gorky, was a Russian and Soviet writer, a founder of the Socialist realism literary method and a political activist. Around fifteen years ...more
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Marina Tsvetaeva is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
The Demesne of the Swans, The Poem of the End, Svodnye tetradi
Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva was a Russian and Soviet poet. Her work is considered among some of the greatest in twentieth century Russian literature. She lived through and wrote of the Russian ...more
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Yuri German is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Yuri Pavlovich German was a Soviet Russian writer, playwright, screenwriter, and journalist.
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Samuil Marshak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
The Twelve Months, Angliĭskie narodnye pesenki, Waxie-Daxie
Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak Russian: Самуи́л Я́ковлевич Марша́к; 3 November [O.S. 22 October] 1887 – 4 July 1964 was a Russian and Soviet writer, translator and children's poet. He translated the ...more
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Vladimir Mayakovsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Eĭ i mne, Mayakovsky, Mystery-Bouffe
Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky was a Russian and Soviet poet, playwright, artist and stage and film actor. 1913-1917 saw Mayakovsky's rise to fame as a leader of the Russian Futurist ...more
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Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Doctor Zhivago, L'an 1905, Récit
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russian, Pasternak's first book of poems, My Sister, Life, is one of the most influential ...more
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Sergei Eisenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
The Film Sense, Immoral memories, A premature celebration of Eisenstein's centenary
Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein was a Soviet Russian film director and film theorist, a pioneer in the theory and practice of montage. He is noted in particular for his silent films Strike, ...more
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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Gulag Archipelago, In the First Circle
Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag. While his writings were long ...more
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Vladimir Lenin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, "Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He served as head of government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic ...more
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Bulat Okudzhava is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Bednyĭ Avrosimov, Svidanie s Bonapartom, Budʹ zdorov
Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava was a Russian poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter of Georgian-Armenian ancestry. He was one of the founders of the Russian genre called ...more
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Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Marxism & the National Colonial Question, On the great patriotic war of the Soviet union, Correspondence Between Stalin
Joseph Stalin or Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until 1953. Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution of ...more
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Leonid Brezhnev is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
On problems of peace and security, The fiftieth anniversary of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, L. I. Brezhnev
Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, presiding over the country from 1964 until 1982. His eighteen-year term as ...more
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Chinghiz Aitmatov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Jamila, The White Ship, The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years
Chyngyz Aitmatov was a Soviet and Kyrgyz author who wrote in both Russian and Kyrgyz. He is the best known figure in Kyrgyzstan's literature.
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Vladimir Vysotsky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Songs and poems of Vladimir Vysotsky, Hamlet With a Guitar, I Love
Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky was a Russian singer-songwriter, poet, and actor whose career had an immense and enduring effect on Soviet and Russian culture. He became widely known for his ...more
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Kazimir Malevich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Lenʹ kak deĭstvitelʹnai︠a︡ istina chelovechestva, Suprematismus, Les arts de la representation
Kazimir Severinovich Malevich was a Polish-Russian painter and art theoretician. He was a pioneer of geometric abstract art and the originator of the avant-garde Suprematist movement.
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Maya Deren is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
An anagram of ideas on art, form and film, Essential Deren
Maya Deren, born Eleanora Derenkowskaia, was one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a ...more
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Leonid Leonov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
The river, La Fin d'un petit homme, The thief
Leonid Maximovich Leonov was a Soviet novelist and playwright. He has been dubbed the 20th-century Dostoyevsky for the deep psychological torment of his prose.
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Mikhail Gorbachev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Memoirs, Peace Has No Alternative, Socialism
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is a former Soviet statesman. He was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, having served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union ...more
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Anatoly Karpov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Chess at the top, 1979-1984, The Semi-Open Game in Action
Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov, PhD is a Russian chess grandmaster and former World Champion. He was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985 when he was defeated by Garry Kasparov. He played ...more
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Mikhail Botvinnik is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Half a century of chess, One hundred selected games, Botvinnik's best games
Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik, PhD was a Soviet and Russian International Grandmaster and three-time World Chess Champion, widely considered one of the greatest chess players of all time. ...more
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Mikhail Bulgakov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
The Master and Margarita, The White Guard, Heart of a Dog
Mikhaíl Afanasyevich Bulgakov was a Russian writer and playwright active in the first half of the 20th century. He is best known for his novel The Master and Margarita, which has been ...more
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Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya: Russia, Music, and Liberty
Mstislav Leopoldovich "Slava" Rostropovich, KBE, was a Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor. He is considered to be one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century. In addition to ...more
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George Gamow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
The birth and death of the sun, The New World of Mr Tompkins, The creation of the universe
George Gamow, born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov, was a theoretical physicist and cosmologist – notably an early advocate and developer of Lemaître's Big Bang theory. He discovered a ...more