Mikhail Bulgakov was a great mind who’s work was stifeled within Soviet Russia. Maybe it’s because he wrote a novel where Satan thought Russia felt like home.
His masterwork, The Master and Margarita, was a novel 12 years in the making, and is on of the greatest examples of literature in the world.
From Wiki: Bulgakov started writing the novel in 1928. He burned the first manuscript of the novel in 1930, seeing no future as a writer in the Soviet Union. The work was restarted in 1931. In 1935 Bulgakov went to Spaso House, the residence of U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union William Bullitt, which was transformed by Bulgakov into the Walpurgis Night ball of the novel. The second draft was completed in 1936, by which point all the major plot lines of the final version were in place. The third draft was finished in 1937. Bulgakov continued to polish the work, aided by his wife, but was forced to stop work on the fourth version four weeks before his death in 1940.