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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 (Russian: Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич , tr. Dmitriy Dmitrievich Shostakovich, pronounced [ˈdmʲitrʲɪj ˈdmʲitrʲɪjɪvʲɪtɕ ʂəstɐˈkovʲɪtɕ]; 25 September [O.S. 12 ...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 (Russian: Алексе́й Макси́мович Пешко́в or Пе́шков; 28 March [O.S. 16 March] 1868 – 18 June 1936), primarily known as Maxim Gorky (Russian: Макси́м Го́рький), was a ...more
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Marina Tsvetaeva is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Marina Tsvetaeva The Demesne of the Swans, The Poem of the End, Svodnye tetradi
Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva (Russian: Мари́на Ива́новна Цвета́ева; 8 October [O.S. 26 September] 1892 – 31 August 1941) was a Russian and Soviet poet. Her work is considered among some of the ...more
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Yuri German is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Yuri Pavlovich German (Russian: Ю́рий Па́влович Ге́рман) (April 4 [O.S. March 22] 1910 – January 16, 1967) 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 (alternative spelling: Samuil Yakovlevich Marchak) (Russian: Самуи́л Я́ковлевич Марша́к; 3 November [O.S. 22 October] 1887 – 4 July 1964) was a Russian and Soviet ...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 (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Маяко́вский; 19 July [O.S. 7 July] 1893 – 14 April 1930) was a Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and actor. During his early, ...more
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Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Boris Pasternak Doctor Zhivago, L'an 1905, Récit
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (; Russian: Бори́с Леони́дович Пастерна́к, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis lʲɪɐˈnʲidəvʲɪtɕ pəstɨrˈnak]; 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1890 – 30 May 1960) was a Russian poet, novelist, ...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 (Russian: Сергей Михайлович Эйзенштейн, IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej mʲɪˈxajləvʲɪtɕ ɪjzʲɪnˈʂtʲejn], tr. Sergey Mikhaylovich Eizenshteyn; 22 January [O.S. 10 January] 1898 – 11 ...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 (; 11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism and ...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 (22 April 1870 – 21 January 1924), better known by his alias Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He served as head of government of ...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 (Russian: Була́т Ша́лвович Окуджа́ва; Georgian: ბულატ ოკუჯავა) (May 9, 1924 – June 12, 1997) was a Soviet and Russian poet, writer, musician, novelist, and ...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 Vissarionovich Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili; 18 December [O.S. 6] 1878 – 5 March 1953) was a Georgian revolutionary and Soviet politician who led the Soviet Union from ...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 (; Russian: Леонид Ильич Брежнев, IPA: [lʲɪɐˈnʲid ɪˈlʲjidʑ ˈbrʲeʐnʲɪf] (listen); Ukrainian: Леонід Ілліч Брежнєв, 19 December 1906 (O.S. 6 December 1906) – 10 November ...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 Torekulovich Aitmatov (Kyrgyz: Чыңгыз Төрөкулович Айтматов) (12 December 1928 – 10 June 2008) was a Soviet and Kyrgyz author who wrote in both Kyrgyz and Russian. He is one of the best ...more
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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 (Russian: Влади́мир Семёнович Высо́цкий, IPA: [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr sʲɪˈmʲɵnəvʲɪtɕ vɨˈsotskʲɪj]; 25 January 1938 – 25 July 1980) was a Soviet singer-songwriter, poet, and ...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 (February 23 [O.S. 11] 1879 – May 15, 1935) was a Russian avant-garde artist and art theorist, whose pioneering work and writing had a profound influence on the ...more
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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 (April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961), born Eleonora Derenkowska (Ukrainian: Елеоно́ра Деренко́вська), was a Ukrainian-born American experimental filmmaker and important promoter of the ...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 (Russian: Леони́д Макси́мович Лео́нов; May 31 [O.S. May 19] 1899 — 8 August 1994) was a Soviet novelist and playwright. His works have been compared with Dostoyevsky's ...more
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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 (born 2 March 1931) is a Russian and formerly Soviet politician. The eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, he was General Secretary of its governing Communist ...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 (Russian: Анато́лий Евге́ньевич Ка́рпов; born May 23, 1951) is a Russian chess grandmaster and former World Champion. He was the official world champion from 1975 to ...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 (Russian: Михаи́л Моисе́евич Ботви́нник, pronounced [mʲɪxɐˈil məɪˈsʲejɪvʲɪtɕ bɐˈtvʲinʲnʲɪk]; August 17 [O.S. August 4] 1911 – May 5, 1995) was a Soviet and Russian ...more
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Mikhail Bulgakov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Soviet Union
Mikhail Bulgakov The Master and Margarita, The White Guard, Heart of a Dog
Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov (Russian: Михаи́л Афана́сьевич Булга́ков, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil ɐfɐˈnasʲjɪvʲɪtɕ bʊlˈɡakəf]; 15 May [O.S. 3 May] 1891 – 10 March 1940) was a Russian writer, medical doctor ...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 (Russian: Мстисла́в Леопо́льдович Ростропо́вич, romanized: Mstislav Leopol'dovič Rostropovič, pronounced [rəstrɐˈpovʲɪtɕ]; 27 March 1927 – 27 ...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 (March 4, 1904 – August 19, 1968), born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov, was a Soviet-American theoretical physicist and cosmologist. He was an early advocate and developer of ...more