Biography: Leonid Maksimov was a writer and playwright. He was called by some a Dostoevsky of the 20th century and was also called “the hero of Soviet work“, winning much recognition. He came from a family of merchants. Maksimov wrote several realistic novels in the Dostoevskian tradition, with intricate plots and characters which he continually revised, that explored life and twilight zones of human nature and social issues such as conflict between villages and towns. Among his most important novels are Badgers (1924), Thief (1927) and Pyramid (1994). He also wrote dramas of vibrant tension, showing the heroism of the ordinary man.