If you can't name the city, that's ok.
Marian Schwartz can. She recently translated The White Guard into English.
She also visited the city that bore witness to Russia's civil war. It's now the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, also spelled Kyiv.
Kiev is largely unchanged..There are superficial changes now with construction along the river, but Vladimir's cross is still visible, the churches are still there, and the fog, if you're there on the right morning, also hangs over the city.
Marian Schwartz recently spoke with The World's Bill Marx about the fog over Kiev, Bulgakov, and the art of literary translation.
It's all in a latest podcast we just posted on our world books page.