Benni is one of the funniest contemporary italian novelists, though I'm not sure that his very particular use of language is simple to translate in English.
He begins like a journalist, but he has found his own favourite way in novels and short tales.
Anyway, Terra! (Earth!) is one of the first novels written by Benni. Imagine Douglas Adams cosmography narrated with a Raymond Queneau's dictionary and you will have an idea of this book. Just fun, don't ask for more, please.