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Decentring the “Scumbag” Veteran

Decentring the “Scumbag” Veteran

Jul 13, 2020

"How do you get to be a scumbag?” wonders the veteran protagonist of Nico Walker’s novel, "Cherry". A tale of war, dope fiends and bank robbery, Walker’s auto-fictional debut isn’t short of despicable people doing despicable things. The scumbag veteran, however, marks a striking departure from the veteran hero familiar to the contemporary cultural landscape.