My Fiction

"Small Portions"
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Small Portions

“Small Portions” is a story that comes in… small portions. In precisely 111 little parts – AND a recipe. To explore the many facets of modern life, I've chosen the literary form of vignettes, those short impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a trenchant impression about a character, idea, setting, object.

I tell my own story in scenes that vary from a snapshot of my christening in the early 70s to my father’s death in a skiing accident at the beginning of the 2000s. It’s small things I'm writing about, those many small things that compose a life – my life. I recall the painful process of coming out of the closet, relate in hopefully funny detail the first encounters and love stories of my happy-go-lucky twenties, delve with analytical distance into aspects and turning points of two long-time relationships. I take you by the hand and guide you through the streets of Paris, the city I live in. I write about food and the internet and my travel experiences in Greece, Morocco, Vienna, Tunisia, London…

In just so many carefully chosen words, sometimes poetic, sometimes blunt, but always with a good deal of wry and self-deprecating humour, I try to create little universes with each story. Each one stands alone, yet when you link them together, another story takes shape. The story of a life, the sketch of a person, the mirror of a time. Our time.
The book (in English) is available on and any other local amazon-site. You can also purchase the German version "Kleine Portionen" or the French version "Petites portions".


"Miss Otis regrets"
Short Stories
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Miss Otis regrets
Short Stories by Dieter Moitzi

"Will Nelly be able to remember the precise message? Miss Otis anxiously fiddles with her lace collar. To express oneself properly is of the utmost importance, even through a servant. It has been a tantalizing trial to find the right words, an almost artistic research to compose the sentences. Since last evening, Miss Otis has lived in a nightmarish worry-go-round that has prevented her from sleeping. At last, with the new day showing up at the horizon, she has worked out the acceptable formula. Thus, it will not do if Nelly mixes up the precise wording; it will absolutely not do if Nelly says something else instead, or if Nelly forgets and (God forbid!) improvises. The words have been thoroughly weighed and finally approved. So, will Nelly remember them? Miss Otis has to be sure of that. "

Thus begins the short story "Miss Otis regrets (she's unable to lunch today)", which relates the probably most important hour in Miss Otis' otherwise calm and rather eventless life. Her posh 19th-century-existence, hitherto similar to the lukewarm breeze sweeping over the caribbean island she's been living on all through her life, will be changed forever by a whimsical decision of hers. But did she have a choice to act in any other fashion? Or wasn't she somehow predestined to do what she's about to do?

This and other contemporary short stories (including "Cheat", the story of a young Paris yuppie meeting his destiny) can be found in this volume.

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