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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Devil I Know Him is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama subgenre. It is aimed at mature readers and was penned by author Iliyan Kuzmanov. The book chronicles the Devil as he moves through various stages of history, as he watches humanity develop and considers the direction that he and the human race are taking. The Devil encounters the humans and non-humans who feed his imagination as he considers the ideas of freedom versus control, worldly power versus spiritual fulfillment, and the tools by which our society organizes itself.
This piece of fiction is huge in scope with a narrative spanning most of human existence and colossal ideas being brought to the fore and dissected with a cerebral reverence that draws the reader in and sinks them into a philosophical and intellectual exercise that entertains as surely as it provokes profound thought. Author Iliyan Kuzmanov is extremely gifted with prose and uses the written word to bring a profoundly meaningful yet utterly fantastical protagonist to life, seeing the journey through what it means to be a member of the human race and growing piece by piece as the story unfolds. There is a gravitas given to each of the ideas considered here, a gravitas grounded in real-world experience that allows The Devil I Know Him to feel like both an ode to the common man and his experiences but also a lofty table at which great minds sit and discuss the big ideas that keep so many of us up at night.