(You can read the Independent's original review of the book here.)
The judges described the book as "truly remarkable", while translator Anne Born, was praised for "a loving translation" of "a lovely book".
The runner-up was Fatelessness Imre Kertesz
Also on the shortlist were:
The Door Magda Szabó
Mercedes-Benz Pawel Huelle
This Blinding Absence of Light Tahar Ben Jelloun
The Ministry of Pain Dubravka Ugresic
More on this story here.