This was not the first of the firsts. Nor was it, unfortunately, the last.
"A book to win over the head and the heart in equal measure, worth lingering over."
The £50,000 prize for the winning book, set to be announced on May 21, will be divided equally between its author and translator.
"So, the most decisive situation is when I read something and think: I cannot stand for someone else to translate this, it has to be me."