A writer of empirical writing and first-person narrative, Ioannou excelled in the hybrid genre he called "work of prose." Ioannou (1927-1985) employs a confessional and autobiographic tone, a total lack of fiction, keenness, economy of words, and a sympathy for commonness, very basic and plain stylistic forms for his time. His empirical style is evident when he talks about refugee life in Thessaloniki. The eroticism in his work is carefully hinted, rising through a sense of guilt, religious catechism, and sin. His literary ancestry is linked to Kavafis and Papadiamantis.