Mikhail Bulgakov - The Bulgakov House in Moscow [The Master and Margarita]
"At the sunset hour of one warm spring day two men were to be seen at Patriarch's Ponds."
When I was in college and had to decide which language to study for my language credits, I switched from German to Russian. I thought Russian would be even harder than German because learning it entails learning a new alphabet. What I found, though, is that learning the alphabet was the easiest, simplest part of the process! One of my Russian professors rewarded me one day with two volumes of Pushkin in Russian -- which I still have, by the way, as these are prized posessions. This same professor also talked about Bulgakov's "Master and Margarita" even though I already had the book in my personal library for some time...When I lived in NYC I took advantage of the opportunity to experience some Russian culture by going to a Russian bookstore which is above the wonderful Eisenberg's Deli near the Flatiron building...Not sure if it's still there, but I loved that bookstore!