In the west, Zoshchenko is one of the lesser-known Russian writers, but in his time he was huge. He called himself the "temporary substitute for the proletarian writer." His stories are very short, with short sentences, but they are hilarious. He was brilliant at satirizing Soviet rhetoric; he became so popular that Stalin had to do something; he (Stalin) let him live, but banned him from any further publication.
Here's some that are accessible for free, they haven't gotten many views but they really should.