The Matterhorn: truth in fiction
The Matterhorn with Dr. Kathleen Waller
Paintings in Fiction | Episode 46

Paintings in Fiction | Episode 46

How to layer fiction with the visual arts and artists

Today’s podcast is part of a series to accompany my current serialized novel, An Interpreter in Vienna, as we investigate the truth in fiction. You can also listen to the podcast via Apple or Spotify or in the Substack app. Please consider adding a quick star rating on the other players to help my reach.

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A full AI-created transcript can be accessed on the desktop version.


  • Iconic painters of a culture or place

  • Vienna: Gustav Klimt

  • Destruction/seizing of visual arts

  • Literature:

    • J. D. Salinger

    • Herman Melville

    • Natsume Sōseki

    • Haruki Murakami

  • Considerations for your work

Considerations for your work:

  • How might you include allusion to a painting or painter to consider an idea through artistic movement, biographical elements, or the nature of encountering the painting itself?

  • How might you include visual arts in a fictional text to advance the discourse around art and artistry?

  •  In what ways can the inclusion of visual arts in your fiction help the reader/viewer to understand places and cultures on different levels or from different perspectives?

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The Matterhorn: truth in fiction
The Matterhorn with Dr. Kathleen Waller
The Matterhorn is for writers and curious minds from author and academic Dr. Kathleen Waller.
Each week in this new season, Kathleen shares a chapter of her serialized novels - A Hong Kong Story & An Interpreter in Vienna - and uses it as a catalyst to discuss the layers of literature and how you can use these in your own writing.
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