'The Hours' is both an 'Hommage' to Virginia Woolf and very much it's own creature. Even as Michael Cunningham brings his literary idol back to life, he intertwines her story with those of two more contemporary women. One gray suburban London Morning in 1923, Woolf awakens from a dream that will soon lead to 'Mrs. Dalloway'. In the Present, on beautiful June day in Greenwich Village, 52-year-old Clarissa Vaughan is planning a Party for her oldest love, a poet dying of AIDS. And in Los Angeles in 1949, Laura Brown, pregnant and unsettled, does her best to prepare for her husband's birthday, but can't seem to stop reading Woolf. Theses women's lives are linked both by the 1925 novel and by the few precious moments of possibility each keeps returning to.
Michael Cunningham wurde 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio, geboren und wuchs in Pasadena, Kalifornien, auf. Er lebt in New York City. Für 'Die Stunden' erhielt Michael Cunningham u.a. den PEN/Faulkner Award und den Pulitzerpreis, der Roman wurde bisher in elf Sprachen übersetzt.