Dhimitër Xhuvani was born in 1934 in Pogradec, Albania. His father, Kostaq Xhuvani, was a respected teacher from Elbasan. In 1944 during the World War II his family fled from Pogradec and took refuge in Mokër where they stayed until their country was liberated, after which they moved to Elbasan. After finishing medical high-school he worked in the rural hospitals of Librazhd, Peqin, Gramsh and Cërrik. After leaving medicine he continued his studies in the Faculty of History and Philology in Tiranë and later in Moscow.
Dhimitër is the winner of many literary awards and his work has been translated in many languages including Italian, French, English, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.