"Set in Kiev during the Russian revolution, ""White Guard"" tells a
story about the war's effect on a middle-class family and was
turned into a hugely successful play on publication. It brought the
author overnight success and became 'a new Seagull' for the new
generation, although it also received hostile reviews for the
sympathetic portrayal of White officers. Paradoxically, ""The White
Guard"" was one of Stalin's favorite plays. It was banned in 1929,
reinstated in 1932, but published only in 1955."