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Famous Authors from Soviet Union

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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?"

For further information on these historic Soviet authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Soviet authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich1

    Dmitri Shostakovich

    Testimony, Katerina Ismailova

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia


    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian: Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич , tr. Dmitriy...  more

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    #231 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#26 of 368 The Best Classical Composers

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    Alexei Khvostenko was a Russian avant-garde poet, singer-songwriter, artist and sculptor....  more
  • Maxim Gorky3

    Maxim Gorky

    The Mother, Orloff and His Wife

    BirthplaceEurasia, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia, Nizhny Novgorod


    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (Russian: Алексе́й Макси́мович Пешко́в or Пе́шков; 28 March [O.S. 16...  more
  • Marina Tsvetaeva4

    Marina Tsvetaeva

    The Demesne of the Swans, The Poem of the End

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia


    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva (Russian: Мари́на Ива́новна Цвета́ева; 8 October [O.S. 26 September]...  more


    #73 of 233 The Best Female Authors of All Time#47 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time

  • Yuri German5
    Yuri Pavlovich German (Russian: Ю́рий Па́влович Ге́рман) (April 4 [O.S. March 22] 1910 –...  more
  • Samuil Marshak6

    Samuil Marshak

    The Twelve Months, Angliĭskie narodnye pesenki

    BirthplaceVoronezh, Russia


    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak (alternative spelling: Samuil Yakovlevich Marchak) (Russian:...  more
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky7

    Vladimir Mayakovsky

    Eĭ i mne, Mayakovsky

    BirthplaceBaghdati, Georgia


    NationalityRussia, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Маяко́вский; 19 July...  more
  • Boris Pasternak8

    Boris Pasternak

    Doctor Zhivago, L'an 1905

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia


    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (; Russian: Бори́с Леони́дович Пастерна́к, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis...  more


    #178 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#107 of 303 The Best Novelists of All Time

  • Sergei Eisenstein9

    Sergei Eisenstein

    The Film Sense, Immoral memories

    BirthplaceRiga, Latvia


    NationalityLatvia, Soviet Union

    Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein (Russian: Сергей Михайлович Эйзенштейн, IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej...  more

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    #230 of 250 The Best Gay Authors#57 of 743 The Greatest Directors In Movie History

  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn10

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Gulag Archipelago

    BirthplaceKislovodsk, Russia


    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (; 11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist,...  more
  • Vladimir Lenin11

    Vladimir Lenin

    Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism

    BirthplaceUlyanovsk, Russia


    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (22 April 1870 – 21 January 1924), better known by his alias Lenin,...  more

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  • Bulat Okudzhava12

    Bulat Okudzhava

    Bednyĭ Avrosimov, Svidanie s Bonapartom

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia


    NationalityRussia, Armenia, Soviet Union

    Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava (Russian: Була́т Ша́лвович Окуджа́ва; Georgian: ბულატ ოკუჯავა) (May...  more
  • Joseph Stalin13

    Joseph Stalin

    Marxism & the National Colonial Question, On the great patriotic war of the Soviet union

    BirthplaceGori, Georgia


    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili; 18 December [O.S. 6] 1878...  more

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    Did Stalin Really Force Soviet Scientists To Create A Human-Chimpanzee Hybrid?#3 of 25 Famous People From History You Had No Idea Were Foxy

  • Leonid Brezhnev14

    Leonid Brezhnev

    On problems of peace and security, The fiftieth anniversary of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

    BirthplaceDniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine


    NationalitySoviet Union

    Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (; Russian: Леонид Ильич Брежнев, IPA: [lʲɪɐˈnʲid ɪˈlʲjidʑ ˈbrʲeʐnʲɪf]...  more
  • Chinghiz Aitmatov15

    Chinghiz Aitmatov

    Jamila, The White Ship

    BirthplaceSheker, Kyrgyzstan


    NationalitySoviet Union

    Chyngyz Torekulovich Aitmatov (Kyrgyz: Чыңгыз Төрөкулович Айтматов) (12 December 1928 – 10...  more
  • Vladimir Vysotsky16

    Vladimir Vysotsky

    Songs and poems of Vladimir Vysotsky, Hamlet With a Guitar

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia


    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky (Russian: Влади́мир Семёнович Высо́цкий, IPA: [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr...  more

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    #56 of 92 The Best Chanson Bands/Artists#263 of 1,295 Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle

  • Kazimir Malevich17

    Kazimir Malevich

    Lenʹ kak deĭstvitelʹnai︠a︡ istina chelovechestva, Suprematismus

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukraine


    NationalityUkraine, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

    Kazimir Severinovich Malevich (February 23 [O.S. 11] 1879 – May 15, 1935) was a Russian...  more
  • Maya Deren18

    Maya Deren

    An anagram of ideas on art, form and film

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic


    NationalityUnited States of America, Soviet Union

    Maya Deren (April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961), born Eleonora Derenkowska (Ukrainian:...  more
  • Leonid Leonov19

    Leonid Leonov

    The river, La Fin d'un petit homme

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia


    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Leonid Maximovich Leonov (Russian: Леони́д Макси́мович Лео́нов; May 31 [O.S. May 19] 1899 — 8...  more
  • Mikhail Gorbachev20

    Mikhail Gorbachev

    Memoirs, Peace Has No Alternative

    BirthplacePrivolnoye, Krasnogvardeysky District, Stavropol Krai


    NationalityRussian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Russia, Soviet Union

    Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (born 2 March 1931) is a Russian and formerly Soviet politician....  more

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  • Anatoly Karpov21

    Anatoly Karpov

    Chess at the top, 1979-1984

    BirthplaceZlatoust, Russia


    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov (Russian: Анато́лий Евге́ньевич Ка́рпов; born May 23, 1951) is a...  more
  • Mikhail Botvinnik22

    Mikhail Botvinnik

    Half a century of chess, One hundred selected games

    BirthplaceRepino, Russia


    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik (Russian: Михаи́л Моисе́евич Ботви́нник, pronounced [mʲɪxɐˈil...  more
  • Mikhail Bulgakov23

    Mikhail Bulgakov

    The Master and Margarita, The White Guard

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukraine


    NationalityRussia, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

    Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov (Russian: Михаи́л Афана́сьевич Булга́ков, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil...  more
  • Mstislav Rostropovich24

    Mstislav Rostropovich

    Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya: Russia, Music

    BirthplaceBaku, Azerbaijan


    NationalityAzerbaijan, United States of America, Soviet Union

    Mstislav Leopoldovich "Slava" Rostropovich (Russian: Мстисла́в Леопо́льдович Ростропо́вич,...  more
  • George Gamow25

    George Gamow

    The birth and death of the sun, The New World of Mr Tompkins

    BirthplaceOdessa, Ukraine


    NationalityUnited States of America, Russia, Soviet Union

    George Gamow (March 4, 1904 – August 19, 1968), born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov, was a...  more