It’s been nearly two years since Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times at a literary festival in Chautauqua, New York. The author was severely wounded, losing sight in one eye and the use of one of his hands. But now Rushdie appears to be — tentatively — stepping back into the limelight.

On Sunday, 60 Minutes will publish Rushdie’s first TV interview since the attack, in which he talks to journalist Anderson Cooper about his experience. “One of the surgeons who had saved my life said ‘first you were really unlucky and then you were really lucky’,” he commented. Pressed on what the “lucky part was”, Rushdie quoted the doctor as saying that “the man who attacked you had no idea how to kill a man with a knife.” Fortunately, the Midnight’s Children author appears to be as defiant as ever.