Set in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev during the chaotic winter of 1918-19, The White Guard, Bulgakov's first full-length novel, tells the story of a Russian-speaking family trapped in circumstances that threaten to destroy them. As in Tolstoy's War and Peace, the narrative centres on the stark contrast between the cosy domesticity of family life on the one hand, and wide-ranging and destructive historical events on the other. The result is a disturbing, often shocking story, illuminated, however, by shafts of light that testify to people's resilience, humanity and ability to love in even the most adverse circumstances.
It's a classic by Bulgakov. He was born, raised and grew up in Kyiv and started to write his major work The White Guard in Kyiv at Andriyivskyy Descent 13 (Podil) where the museum of Bulgakov is located now. In this house he also wrote The Days of the Turbins and now you can come to this museum and find yourself supposedly in the same era that Bulgakov described.